Optus chases 90% 4G coverage by adding support for 200 regional sites

4G services will be turned on using the 2600MHz and 700MHz spectrum

Optus will introduce 4G mobile Internet to 200 regional areas over the next 6 months as it aims to extend its 4G network coverage to 90 per cent of the Australian population.

4G services will be turned on using the 2600MHz and 700MHz spectrum, which become available from October 2014 nationally — save for Western Australia. WA will have to wait until February 2016 and January 2015 for the respective spectrum.

The updated infrastructure will introduce 4G Internet to some areas for the first time, said Vic McClelland, Managing Director of Networks at Optus.

“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,” said Mr McClelland.

“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.”

Optus has already turned on its first commercial 4G sites using the 2600MHz spectrum in parts of Ballarat, Cairns, Port Macquarie and Port Augusta, with a further 30 locations getting their first taste of 4G from next week.

Smartphones supporting 2600MHz spectrum include the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, Samsung Galaxy SIII 4G, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z2.

Smartphones compatible with 700MHz spectrum include the Samsung Galaxy S5, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, LG G3 and HTC One (M8).

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