Alternative Australian broadband provider iiNet has reportedly inked a deal with the country’s second largest cellco by subscribers, Optus, under which it will resell services over the latter’s recently inaugurated Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. According to Delimiter, iiNet is expected to introduce its own range of commercial 4Gservices in ‘the coming months’, and in a statement cited by the report iiNet has claimed it is the first reseller of Optus’ LTE-based products. It is understood that iiNet will launch its 4G wireless broadband services with a choice of own-branded devices, including a wireless USB modem and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, although full details regarding the services and hardware on offer, as well as the actual date at which they will be introduced, are only likely to be forthcoming once Optus confirms the launch date of its wholesale service.
Commenting on the ‘landmark deal’, iiNet CEO Michael Malone was cited as saying: ‘It makes sense for us to introduce one of the fastest wireless broadband services available and it supports our growth strategy to offer more to each of our customers.’
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, having launched commercial LTE-based services for SME and government customers in Sydney and Perth in July 2012, earlier this month Optus revealed that it had opened up services to residential subscribers, while stating at that date that its 4G network was live in Sydney, Perth and Newcastle. Meanwhile, more recently Optus has since confirmed that it switched on its fourth-generation infrastructure in Melbourne on 15 September, in line with previously announced plans.