Optus tunes up Canberra 4G performance

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Optus tunes up Canberra 4G performance

Optus is taking advantage of its early access to 1800MHz spectrum to improve the coverage and capacity of its 4G services in the ACT.

Hot on the heels of Vodafone's announcement of improved 4G service in Canberra, Optus has announced improvements to its 4G services in the nation's capital.

Ten Optus sites around the ACT are scheduled for 4G upgrades this month, starting with Torrens, Latham, Richardson and along Majura Road.

By January 2017 more than 30 sites in the area will provide 1800MHz coverage.

"The advantage of 1800MHz spectrum is that virtually all 4G devices support it, meaning more Optus customers with a variety of devices will enjoy the improved experience," said Optus acting managing director of networks Dennis Wong.

"Whether you're posting a selfie at Parliament House, uploading a photo of your Nutella FreakShake at Pâtissez or relaxing with Netflix, Optus has Canberra covered."

Optus already provides 1800MHz service in certain locations in Bendigo (Victoria); Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Nowra and Vincentia (NSW) and Toowoomba (Queensland). The 1800MHz service will be available nationally for commercial use from May 2017, and Optus plans to continue its rollout at that time.

Optus, Telstra, TPG and Vodafone paid a total of $543.5 million for 1800MHz spectrum earlier this year; $196 million came out of Optus's pocket.

Optus, Telstra and Vodafone also have 1800MHz spectrum that has been used for 2G mobile services but will be switched to 4G after the impending closure of 2G.

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