Australian wireless operator Optus has expanded its 4G network footprint to include the seaside city of Wollongong, in the Illawarra region. A total of five LTE-enabled sites have been switched on in the central area of the city, with the cellco also saying that this represented the start of ‘a series of extensive network upgrades and expansions in the greater Illawarra area in the coming six months, which will also include upgrades to the Optus 3G network’.
As such, Optus has listed a number of locations where it expects to launch 4G over the next six months, with those being: Shellharbour, Kiama, Figtree, Woonona, Maddens Plains, Calderwood, Fern Hill, Unanderra, Port Kembla, West Dapto, Warilla, Shell Cove and Blackbutt.
Meanwhile, having claimed that more than 4,000 3G sites across metro and major rural markets nationally have recently been upgraded, Optus confirmed that the next phase of upgrades will see 41 Optus mobile sites across the Illawarra region upgraded to provide better mobile coverage for customers with compatible 3G dual-band devices. Additionally, the cellco aims to deploy a number of new sites to extend its footprint further, and over the next 18 months it plans to construct new sites offering both 3G and 4G services in selected areas of: Albion Park Water Reservoir, Austimer, Berkeley North, Bulli Station ,Cobblers Hills East, Coledale, East West Link, Fairy Meadow, Farmborough Heights, Gwynneville, Kanahooka, Koonawarra, Lakelands, Mt Ousely, Mt St Thomas North, North Wollongong, Ocean Park, Port Kembla, Primbee, Russell Vale, Scarborough, Thirroul, Unanderra South, Warilla, Windang and Yallah.