SingTel Optus’ networks managing director Vic McClelland has said that he expects his company’s 4G mobile network coverage to have caught up with that of rival Telstra by 2016. The executive is cited by the Sydney Morning Herald as claiming that by that date the infrastructure will cover around 98.5% of the population, saying: ‘With the spectrum assets that we’ve got and the site assets that we’ve got I’m really confident that we’re able to catch up … in 2016 … We’re hoping to reach 90% of the population by March 2015 with 4G [and] that’s a catch-up to Telstra. The next year [will see] 90% [rise] to 98% or 98.5% population coverage.’ At present the operator’s LTE-based services are said to be available to around 75% of Australians in metropolitan areas, while by comparison Telstra’s own 4G network covered 85% of the entire population at the time of writing.
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