200 OZ Destinations Set For Optus 4G

Written by Alex Zaharov-Reutt      07/10/2014 | 14:42 | Category: PORTABLE DEVICE ISSUES

Two hundred regional and holiday destinations across Australia are set to get Optus 4G connectivity over the next six months, with most places receiving 4G connectivity from Optus for the first time.

200 OZ Destinations Set For Optus 4G
Optus says the new locations will "significantly expand the reach of Optus' existing 4G network", with the No.2 telco planning to "cover 90% of the Australian population by April 2015". 

Much like Telstra, Optus is using 700MHz spectrum - and the 2600MHz spectrum - with 700MHz spectrum becoming available from January 2015 and the 2600MHz spectrum having gone online from October 2014 (although West Australians must wait until February 2016, a much longer timeframe). 

Optus MD of Networks, Vic McClelland said: "Optus is bringing more choice and competition in 4G services to Australians, whether they're holidaying by the beach, travelling to wine regions or living in larger regional and coastal towns across the country.

"4G delivers faster mobile internet speeds for customers with compatible mobile phones and tablets, which means customers can download, upload and stream at superfast speeds. Plus, the roll-out of Optus 4G will mean a better 3G experience by improving network capacity as customers transition to the new 4G data network."


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Optus 4G sites using 2600MHz have already gone live in "parts of Ballarat, Cairns, Port Macquarie and Port Augusta", but 30 more locations will "get their first taste of 4G from next week", from Albury to Armidale and Urunga to Yeppoon.

700MHz 4G is also set to come nationally, including capital cities and regional areas. 

Optus customers with "compatible 4G devices in metropolitan areas can also look forward to a better mobile internet experience indoors, as Optus improves its existing 4G network using the new 700MHz spectrum."

Mr McClelland added that: "This extra spectrum means our data-hungry customers will be able to get more out of their mobiles in the lead up to the holiday season and throughout the summer, which is great news for those living in or travelling to regional Australia.

"We have invested significant resources into upgrading existing mobile towers to meet the increasing data demands of our customers, improve their network experience and provide superfast speeds".

Optus reminds us that several smratphones already support 2600 MHz spectrum, including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, Samsung Galaxy SIII 4G, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z2, while the latest 700MHz compatible devices include the Samsung Galaxy S5, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, LG G3 and HTC One (M8). 

Optus says the following regions (listed below) are currently planned to get Optus 4G between October 2014 and April 2015, with more details available at the Optus coverage site

More info on Optus 4G is here


New South Wales
 
Albury
Armidale
Bathurst
Bourke/Cobar/Coonamble
Clarence Valley
Coffs Harbour
Dubbo
Goulburn/Yass
Great Lakes
Griffith/Murrumbidgee (West)
Inverell/Tenterfield
Kempsey/Nambucca
Lachlan Valley
Lithgow/Mudgee
Lower Hunter
Lower Murray
Moree/Narrabri
Orange
Port Macquarie
Queanbeyan
Richmond Valley - Coastal
Richmond Valley - Hinterland
Shoalhaven
Snowy Mountains
South Coast
Southern Highlands
Tamworth/Gunnedah
Taree/Gloucester
Tumut/Tumbarumba
Tweed Valley
Upper Hunter
Upper Murray ex Albury
Wagga Wagga


Victoria
 
Ballarat
Barwon - West
Baw Baw
Bendigo
Campaspe
Cardinia
Creswick/Daylesford/Ballan
Gippsland - East
Gippsland - South West
Glenelg/Southern Grampians
Grampians
Heathcote/Castlemaine/Kyneton
Latrobe Valley
Loddon/Elmore
Macedon Ranges
Maryborough/Pyrenees
Mildura
Moira
Murray River/Swan Hill
Shepparton
Upper Goulburn Valley
Upper Murray ex Albury
Wangaratta/Benalla
Warrnambool/Otway Ranges
Wellington
Whittlesea/Wallan
Wodonga/Alpine


Queensland
 
Bowen Basin - North
Bundaberg
Burnett
Caboolture Hinterland
Cairns - North
Cairns - South
Central Highlands
Charters Towers/Ayr/Ingham
Darling Downs - East
Darling Downs - West/Maranoa
Far North
Gladstone/Biloela
Granite Belt
Hervey Bay
Innisfail/Cassowary Coast
Ipswich Hinterland
Mackay
Maryborough
Outback - North
Port Douglas/Daintree
Toowoomba
Townsville
Whitsunday

 
South Australia
 
Adelaide Hills
Barossa
Eyre Peninsula/South West
Fleurieu/Kangaroo Island
Limestone Coast
Lower North
Mid North
Murray and Mallee
Outback - North and East
Yorke Peninsula


 
Northern Territory
 
Alice Springs
Daly/Tiwi/West Arnhem
Darwin City
Darwin Suburbs
 
Tasmania
 
Burnie/Ulverstone
Central Highlands
Devonport
Hobart - North East
Hobart Inner
Huon/Bruny Island
Launceston
Meander Valley/West Tamar
North East
South East Coast
West Coast

 
Western Australia
 
Albany
Augusta/Margaret River/Busselton
Bunbury
Esperance
Goldfields
Mandurah
Manjimup
Mid West
Pilbara
Wheat Belt - North