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Australia's Optus Completes 3G Network Upgrade

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Australia's Optus says that it has completed a 5 year long 3G network upgrade programme.

Optus said that it has now upgraded more than 4,400 mobile sites nationally to provide significantly better coverage indoors, enhanced call quality, and a more consistent service.

"Over the course of the programme, we've upgraded the bulk of our 3G network with 900MHz spectrum to create more capacity and coverage, raising our metro 3G indoors coverage from 70% to 94% over the past 2-years," said Andrew Smith, Optus' Vice President of Mobile Engineering.

"We've now got more customers connecting at the same time, less congestion, and significantly better call reliability and quality, particularly in-building, in the home or office."

As well as the continued 3G support, Optus is ramping up its 4G and 4G Plus rollout throughout the first half of 2014.

Optus added that it is also getting its network ready for when it gains access to the 700MHz spectrum band having been granted trial licences in Sydney to begin testing. This follows on from Optus' Australian first 700MHz data call trial in Bendigo, in March 2012.

Optus has also been granted Australia's first outdoor metro trial licences for 4G in the 2600MHz band.

"These new trial licences enable Optus to start live testing the next evolution of our 4G network, due to launch commercially at the end of this year for 2600MHz and early next year for 700MHz," Mr Smith said. "We'll be testing the compatibility of the new spectrum with the latest devices and also with the television broadcasters."

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