Early access to spectrum has allowed Optus to start offering 700MHz 4G service in Canberra.
Following last month's expansion of its 700MHz 4G service in Darwin http://www.bit.com.au/News/398094,more-4g-from-optus-in-darwin.aspx , Optus has announced that the service is now operating from more than 20 sites around Canberra.
Previously, Optus's 4G service in the city was limited to 2300MHz, but 700MHz provides better indoor coverage.
The company plans to continue to expand the 700MHz footprint to more parts of Canberra, and is also rolling out 700MHz in other parts of Australia.
"Our aim is to deliver 4G services to more than 200 regional and holiday destinations by April 2015, taking our population coverage to 90 percent of Australian population," said Vic McClelland, managing director of networks at Optus.
Not all 4G phones handle 700MHz. Compatible devices listed by Optus are the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, Sony Xperia Z3 and HTC One (M8), but the company points out that others are available.
General availability of the 700MHz spectrum to carriers is scheduled for January 2015, but the Australian Communications and Media Authority has been giving early approval for 700MHz 4G services in areas where other users have already migrated from the affected frequencies.