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Optus lights up new regional mobile sites

Optus has gone live with seven new 3G-enabled sites in New South Wales and Queensland on Friday, increasing the footprint of its 3G network across the country.
Written by Luke Hopewell, Contributor on

in brief Optus has gone live with seven new 3G-enabled sites in New South Wales and Queensland on Friday, increasing the footprint of its 3G network across the country.

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Optus has gone live with the first of its new 3G sites. (Credit: Optus)

In mid-July, Optus announced 2100MHz spectrum for 972 sites around Australia, to expand its 3G footprint in regional Australia, going head-to-head with Telstra's Next G network.

The seven new sites are situated at Hervey Bay, Yarrawonga, Garbutt and Stockland Stadium in Queensland, with New South Wales getting Optus 3G access in Wagga Wagga, Forest Hill and Port Macquarie.

Andrew Smith, director of Optus Mobile Network, said in a statement yesterday that 14 more sites will be sent live within the next week, which will enhance network services in Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, Toowoomba in Queensland and Bendigo in Victoria.

The carrier attributed its speedy network delivery to its close working relationship with the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

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