Optus launches 4G business services in Sydney, Perth

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Optus has today launched 4G services for business customers in Sydney and Perth, with Melbourne to follow shortly.

Optus 4G coverage maps for Perth (left) and Sydney (right).
(Credit: Optus/CBSi)

The new Optus network in Sydney boasts a coverage radius of approximately 10km around the CBD. In Perth, coverage extends 20km west to east, and 15km north to south.

Business customers in these two major metro areas can take advantage of the network's faster data speeds via two new mobile broadband modems: a single-user USB modem and a Wi-Fi hotspot model, with access for up to five users simultaneously.

Interested parties will need an ABN to apply for this first round of 4G services, although Optus did promise a broad consumer 4G release soon, and hinted at a wider portfolio of products that may include 4G smartphones and tablets.

The launches in Sydney and Perth follow a successful trial of Optus 4G in Newcastle. The trial began in April this year, and saw customers enjoy peak download speeds of up to 60Mbps, according to the telco. Trial services will soon end in Newcastle, but the network will remain. Optus intends to offer Newcastle trial participants the opportunity to continue using 4G, though this will require them to change the modems that they have been using to the new hardware being sold in Sydney and Perth.

Optus has also been re-farming parts of its network using the 900MHz spectrum, converting the signal from 2G to 3G. Commercially, it is calling this upgrade 3G Plus, and it claims to have significantly improved indoor coverage in the areas where this roll-out has been completed; again, in Sydney and Perth. A similar upgrade is in process in Melbourne, and should be completed by the middle of August.

Optus now estimates that its Open Network covers 97.7 per cent of the Australian population.



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mosmanite posted a comment   
Australia

Pity thier coverage to their 3g customers seems to be getting worse. I have a 30 minute travel to work by public transport. When I first got my service about 12 months ago their used to be only one location along the path where I would get drop outs. I would know where I was without looking up as my coverage would just die. Now I have a least 4 spots along the same route.

My wireless broadband at home is also Optus and that has had all sorts of issues. Some weeks it will be fantastic, others rubbish. There doesn't seem to be an in between which makes me think it isn't congestion.

 

DeaksD posted a comment   
Australia

is this going to be as good as telstras?

 

Im Batman posted a comment   
Australia

Impresive coverage map, up's the 4G coverage offered by telstra.
WIll be interesting to see what the speeds are like in some real world tests.

 

clairence posted a reply   
Australia

Telstra also has other sites rather than just these two locations.

 

Will1505 posted a reply   

And i would expect NextG to still be faster. Optus is using a lot of Vivid Wireless 2300mhz network that it board a while ago. It only ever managed 8mbs

 

Im Batman posted a reply   
Australia

oh absolutely, but the intial coverage is great .. people potentially could spend 100% of their day in LTE coverage.
Will is right, its the supporting 3G coverage that helps give a complete service and i would say that Telstra still has the edge as the NextG network can absolutely fly.




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