Optus Mobile ups HSDPA ante

13 Dec 2007

Optus has announced that it has accelerated plans to offer national HSDPA across Australia. By the end of 2008 Optus plans coverage of 96% of the population, a year earlier than originally announced. The new schedule matches rival Vodafone’s plans to complete its 3G network, giving it 95% coverage, by the end of 2008. Both Vodafone and Optus are lagging behind Telstra in the race to offer mobile voice and broadband services nationally. Telstra launched its Next G network late in 2006 and now claims coverage of 98% of the population. Optus will use a combination of 900MHz and 2100MHz frequency ranges to complete the network, and has appointed Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks for the completion of the roll out.

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