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February 10, 2019 by admin

Optus has switched on 4G mobile services in central Sydney, Perth and Newcastle with plans to activate a Melbourne network in two weeks and Brisbane and Adelaide networks in early 2013.
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Optus’ network will cover a 10 to 16 kilometre radius around the cities and customers’ devices will automatically revert to 3G services when they leave the 4G footprint.

Optus has revealed prices that are cheaper, with larger download limits, than Telstra’s plans. It has two 4G mobile broadband dongles and started taking orders for the new Samsung Galaxy S III today.

The telecommunications company expects to have more 4G compatible handsets and tablets available by Christmas time.

Optus’ Galaxy III plans range from $67 per month to $80 with between 1.5 gigabytes and 2 gigabytes of data allowance per month. Its mobile broadband plans range from about $46 per month for 10 gigabytes to $86 per month for 20 gigabytes. This is cheaper than Telstra’s prices for mobile broadband on its 4G network, which range from about $40 per month for 1 gigabyte of data to about $110 per month for 15 gigabytes of data.

Optus is the second mobile carrier in Australia to launch a 4G network after Telstra launched its own in November last year.

Telstra already has about half a million 4G devices connected to its network and recently announced plans to extend coverage to two thirds of the population to cement its first-mover advantage. Vodafone says it expects to launch 4G services some time in 2013, but has been concentrating on fixing and improving its existing 3G network.

Telstra’s network extends into regional towns because it owns a lot of 850 megahertz (MHz) spectrum in these areas, which is a low frequency spectrum that travels well over long distances. It uses 1800 MHz in cities.

Optus cannot extend its 4G network into regional areas for several years because it does not yet have suitable low-frequency spectrum available. It plans to buy 700 MHz spectrum from the government once analog television signals are transferred to digital signals and the 700 MHz is vacated. The government will auction the spectrum off early next year, but mobile carriers like Optus will not get access to it until early 2015 even though the switch to digital television will be completed by the end of 2013. Optus has been calling for earlier access to this spectrum.

The new generation of mobile networks carry data at much faster speeds than 3G networks. It is also more efficient, so it is cheaper for network owners to operate 4G networks.

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