Australia’s Optus has extended its 4G coverage in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) on the back of receiving early access commercial licence approval for 700MHz spectrum from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). In announcing the development the operator noted that the concession had ‘paved the way for [it] to expand and upgrade its existing superfast 4G network across Canberra with 700MHz spectrum, bringing 4G to more places and improving the data experience indoors’. With Optus’ 4G services in Canberra having previously been offered using spectrum in the 2300MHz band only, more than 20 LTE-700 sites are now reportedly up and running across Canberra, with the cellco saying it has ‘further plans to continue expanding 4G coverage in Canberra using 700MHz’.
As reported by CommsUpdate earlier this month, Optus confirmed that the ACMA had granted it early access licence approvals for LTE in the 700MHz band in 200 regional locations, in line with which it coverage across greater Darwin using such spectrum, while it also has other live sites offering LTE via the aforementioned band in locations including: Toowoomba, Ballarat, Bendigo, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Nowra, Port Macquarie, Urunga, Bundaberg and Murray Bridge.
With regard to the latest deployment, Vic McClelland, Optus’ managing director of networks, was cited as saying: ‘This is great news for consumers, government and business in the ACT. Our new spectrum will offer improved indoor 4G coverage and expand our existing 4G services … Our aim is to deliver 4G services to more than 200 regional and holiday destinations by April 2015, taking our population coverage to 90% of the Australian population.’