Optus picks Visionstream for 4G upgrades

Leighton Holdings subsidiary Visionstream has been picked to upgrade 1,200 Optus towers to 4G, in a deal worth AU$240 million.
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As Optus looks to catch up to Telstra's dominance in the 4G market, the company has picked construction company Visionstream to upgrade 1,200 towers for its long-term evolution (LTE) multi-band network.

Optus last week confirmed that it aims to have approximately 70 percent of metropolitan areas covered with its multi-band 4G network by mid-2014.

In order to get there, Optus will need to upgrade thousands of sites and install a few new sites, and Visionstream today reported that it has been picked to undertake radio design, site acquisition, site design, construction, installation, commissioning, and optimisation for 1,200 Optus cell sites, starting almost immediately.

Visionstream's general manger Allan Bradford said it would be a rapid deployment.

"We will be helping Optus to rapidly scale [its] mobile network, which allows [its] customers to increase the use of 4G data services and they do more searching, browsing, and streaming on the go," he said in a statement.

Optus has a long way to go to catch up to Telstra, with the incumbent aiming to increase its 4G coverage from 66 percent at the end of June to 85 percent of the entire Australian population by the end of 2013.

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