Optus and Vodafone will start offering
third-generation (3G) mobile phone services in "metropolitan"
areas of Perth and Adelaide from 1 July, the telcos said
The companies are offering the higher-speed mobile services on
the back of the nation-wide 3G network they are building in
The network currently extends to selected areas of Canberra,
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Meanwhile, Optus also said it would invest AU$35
million in Canberra over the next two years to develop a Canberra
In a statement, Optus said the facility would house a
satellite earth station, data centre and telecommunications
"The facility will provide growth capacity and redundancy for
Sydney and Melbourne exchanges," Optus said.
The telco said the facility in Raws Crescent, Hume in Canberra
would be its second in the city and was due to start operations
in 2007. It is already under construction.
It will form the primary facility controlling Optus "D2"
satellitre, which is due to launch from French Guiana next
The satellite facilitates communications services provided by
"Optus is preparing for increased demand in Internet Protocol
technologies and satellite services over the coming years," said
Optus' John Simon in the statement.
The executive heads up Optus' enterprise communciations
division and also this morning outlined his group's strategy at a
briefing in Singapore.