Optus has expanded its 4G network, with additional coverage for Canberra.
The 4G TD-LTE network is currently available in 13 sites within the city centre and plans to expand to more than 50 sites in Canberra over the later half of this year.
By upgrading it to 4G TD-LTE, data will be running at a higher frequency of 2300 Mhz where users can upload and download within the same frequency but at different times.
Other areas of Australia that aren’t on the updated network are using FD-LTE where data runs through two separate frequency channels in each direction on a 1800 MHz spectrum.
“The launch of Optus 4G in Canberra today represents another important milestone in our ambitious 4G expansion program, which in the past 12 months has delivered 4G to many mainland capital cities and holiday hot spots such as the Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay and Toowoomba,” said Günther Ottendorfer, managing director of Optus Networks.
Optus has released new compatible devices with its 4G dual band. They are the Optus 4G dual band USB dongle and WiFi modem.
According to Ottendorfer, Optus hopes to expand its 4G coverage to 70% of Australia’s metropolitan population by mid-2014.
“Many of our mobile sites will be upgraded to support Optus 4G dual band compatible devices so our customers can browse, download and stream on Optus’ superfast 4G network in more places than ever before,” adds Ottendorfer.