Optus launches 4G mobile broadband
Australian service provider Optus has launched a new 4G service this week. The super-fast broadband will compete directly with Telstra's 4G offering.
Both firms will be using the 1,800MHz LTE spectrum that has recently been freed up.
The new Optus LTE coverage will be available to customers in Sydney and Perth.
Later this month, Melbourne will join the fray.
The new service may encourage people to recycle their old mobile phones and pick up a new, 4G-compatible handset to take advantage of the blisteringly-fast mobile internet speeds.
At the launch of the new service, Gunther Ottendorfer, managing director of Optus Networks, said: "Over the next 12 months, Optus will continue to roll out 3G coverage enhancements to the remainder of the network including Brisbane, Newcastle, Wollongong and Adelaide."
He claimed that Australians are becoming ever more reliant on their smartphones and that 4G LTE would greatly improve their customers' online experience.
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