Optus Plans LTE For April Next Year

Optus Plans LTE For April Next Year

Telstra’s already selling LTE devices. Vodafone’s announced it’ll have LTE by the end of the year. Optus isn’t in that much of a hurry; it’s just announced that its first LTE products will go on sale in April 2012.

Optus’ announcement only covers a relatively small area: in April 2012 they’ll offer LTE services to the Newcastle, Port Stephens, the Hunter Valley and Lake Macquarie areas. By mid-year, Optus plans to have Sydney, Melbourne and Perth covered. Other capital cities and regional areas will end up with service, but Optus isn’t announcing when they’ll see LTE as yet.

Optus stated that it is the only carrier testing LTE services on the 700Mhz spectrum band; those trials will take place in Bendigo, where the frequency was freed up due to the removal of analogue television services.

Optus Plans LTE For April Next Year

If all this talk of LTE has you scratching your head, you may find our guide to LTE and 4G services handy.

Technically speaking, LTE itself isn’t a 4G standard, since the International Telecommunications Union has decreed that the 4G label should only be used for services which can offer speeds of 1 gigabit per second. The 4G mantle is being reserved for LTE-Advanced or LTE-A, which is due to be finalised in 2011. We can expect to see LTE networks migrate to LTE-A over time, but given that there’s not yet any live networks for LTE in Australia, that process won’t necessarily happen in a hurry. But it certainly won’t stop the label “4G’ being thrown around with abandon.

Originally published on Gizmodo


  • Unfortunately (and sadly) this definition of 4G is no longer strictly true. Wikipedia summarises the change nicely:

    On December 6, 2010, ITU announced that current versions of LTE, WiMax and other evolved 3G technologies that do not fulfill “IMT-Advanced” requirements could be considered “4G”, provided they represent forerunners to IMT-Advanced and “a substantial level of improvement in performance and capabilities with respect to the initial third generation systems now deployed.”

    I read this as similar to the 802.11 N and Pre-N period we went through with WiFi IMO this is assisting the confusion by allowing the same title to be used for these “Pre-4G” systems. I would also argue that unless these systems exceed the 42Mbs peak speed of Telstra 3G they are not an improvement over current systems and thus are 3G LTE only.

    A question for the lawyers – could this be construed as misleading advertising in an Australian context?

  • I think optus should sort out there reception problem around australia and they should have there 900 mhz in all cities around australia with the 2.1 ghz umts network for less dropouts and switch off the gsm 900 MHz network and have the 1.8 ghz up and running first for LTE because all telcos in australia have a 1.8 ghz licence space

    • Hi Shan,Thanks for your comment about Optus. You know, we have eiotcnd that Optus ads are being played quite heavily down here in Hobart at the moment. I couldn’t remember the last time I had seen an Optus ad on TV. Strangely enough, I have seen nothing in the paper and nothing online (apart from your comment here on my blog!) that tells everyone that Optus have expanded their infrastructure in Tassie and that now they are a genuine option for telephone services around here. Why don’t we ever seem to get this type of information?! But now that I’ve read your comment and put the TV advertising together then it all clicks. I’m really glad that there is now a genuine competitor here because Telstra, although their coverage is excellent, are not great when it comes to customer service and if we Tassie people had another option then I would imagine they would have a few thousand customers leave them to go to Optus.I’m glad that you’ve mentioned this because I am in the middle of writing a post about utilities and services available in Tassie and I’ll be able to include this information in my post.Sarah

  • Im surprised that optus hasn’t got the LTE network up and running because a lot of people are switching to telstra for better coverage and having LTE 1.8 ghz available to them and i can’t wait when the 700 mhz and 2.6 ghz gets switched on with the 1.8 ghz and then we would have very fast speeds and it mite end up just having mobile broadband instead of cable or adsl and like a landline phone to just having a mobile phone per person

  • If Optus wants customers they should bring out prepaid LTE modems and that would push telstra and vodafone to do the same and then you would see something happen but LTE is very fast when you see 80 mbps downloads.

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