Optus says it will start the roll out of its Australian 5G network early next year in key metropolitan areas. This follows trials of 5G New Radio, which showed 2Gbps download speeds for a fixed wireless service in homes and businesses using C-band and mmWave. These delivered low latency and fast speeds. C-band is within the same spectrum range of Optus’ 3.5GHz, which has been earmarked for 5G deployment.
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Most people have a pretty strong opinion about their telco. Some love their provider and wouldn't consider switching to a competitor, others hate certain telcos and will never do business with them again.
The problem with being rusted-on to a provider based on reputation is that you may never give thought to plan switching. You definitely should.
It's taken a few years but the IT industry has finally figured out that the best way to combat cybercrime is to work cooperatively with other people. Threat actors cooperate through dark web marketplaces and forums where tools and skills are traded as commodities. This is one of the key reasons they are able to cause such havoc. Optus is committing $3.5M to the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre.
Fresh on the heels of a similar declaration from Telstra, Optus has announced it will be compensating customers for slow NBN speeds. Here are the details.
Taking your hard-earned dollars away from one carrier and giving them to another instead is not a decision to be made lightly, no matter how much you've grown to loathe your current provider of cellular services. If you're thinking about switching carriers to take advantage of big deals for cool new phones, than here are some key checks and preparations to make before you commit to switching your allegiances.
You've seen the contract prices and you might be tempted to sign up and avoid paying big upfront for Samsung's excellent, expensive and explosion-proof Galaxy Note 8 -- but while signing up for a plan may mean more money in your pocket in the short term, you could end up paying much more over the life of the phone. Here's how much you can save by buying a Note 8 outright and choosing the right prepaid plan.
These days, Optus seems to spend most of its money on content deals -- but it's also investing in network infrastructure for the people that need it the most. Optus will build 500 new mobile sites out across rural regional parts of Australia, will upgrade 1800 sites from 3G to 4G, and will boost existing sites with better 4G and small cell satellite coverage at a cost of $1 billion -- the largest regional investment in its 25 year history as a company.
While there are just four mobile phone network operators in Australia (you all know about Telstra, Optus and Vodafone but Pivotel is there as well, in remote areas), there are stacks of MVNOs who sell services on top of the networks built by the other operators. Moose Mobile is one of those MVNOs. And they've just signed a five-year deal to resell Optus' 4G services on top of their business selling refurbished handsets.
Dear Lifehacker, I will be in Spain, France and Italy for five weeks starting May 1 with my iPad Air (iOS 9.3 ). My iPad has no sim installed but can take one. What do you recommend as to a sim to buy? I need to access email, and suss out local info maps, timetables etc as we go around. NO Skype or movie music downloads.
With Qantas delaying their deployment of in-flight WiFi, Virgin has entered the fray. A new deal between Virgin Australia and Optus will see a three-month customer trial of Gogo’s 2Ku technology on a single Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Forget about the Note 7. Samsung's comeback Galaxy smartphones are finally here and they look to be worth the wait. On paper at least, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are a monumental improvement over their aforementioned predecessor - sleeker, sexier and - wait for it - safer than before. Here are the specifications for both phones, along with Australian pricing and specifications.
Samsung's shiny new Galaxy smartphones officially go in sale on April 28. If you're planning to sign up to a new mobile contract and want to bag yourself a Galaxy S8 or S8+ in the process, here are the available plans from Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile. We've also included some tips for those who want to buy the phones outright.