Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Optus has announced the completion of 37 new mobile sites across Tasmania following twelve months of work and investment totalling AUD42.2 million (USD30.7 million). In a press release announcing the development, the MNO said it had worked to improve its infrastructure to enhance call quality and offer faster download speeds to customers across Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Tasmania’s east coast. Taken overall, Optus now has 151 sites in operation across Tasmania, with the latest expansion – comprising 37 new sites – representing a 25% increase in coverage.
Commenting on the matter, Optus CEO Allen Lew was cited as saying: ‘Tasmania is a priority state for Optus. In July last year we committed to building 35 new sites by July 2019. I’m proud to say that we’ve delivered on that target of 35 sites as well as an extra two locations in just twelve months. The introduction of new sites is testament to our commitment to building the best possible mobile network across the state.’
Looking ahead, further investment is planned, with Mr Lew confirming that Optus intends to spend an additional AUD4.5 million on the construction of another eight sites across Tasmania by March 2019.