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Australia's second largest telecommunications provider Optus has expanded its 4G services to provide better download speeds and voice quality and also data coverage for mobile users in the national capital.

This month, the introduction of Optus 1800MHz spectrum will aid in bettering services at more than 10 places in the ACT, with Torrens, Latham, Richardson and along Majura Road the first to benefit.

The 1800MHz spectrum is being delivered in Canberra early because Optus sought approval from the Australian Communications and Media Authority for early access commercial licences.

Optus acting managing director of networks Dennis Wong (right, below) said: "Optus is committed to enhancing the mobile experience for customers living in and visiting Canberra and between now and January 2017 we will boost services at more than 30 sites across the ACT.

"The advantage of 1800 MHz spectrum is that virtually all 4G devices support it, meaning more Optus customers with a variety of devices will enjoy the improved experience.

DennisWong"Optus continues to focus on improving 4G experience to support high-speed streaming, browsing and downloading.

"We are boosting our network to support our ambition to offer market-leading, multi-media entertainment."

Optus' mobile network covers 98.5% of the population and 4G services can be accessed by more than 95% of Australians.

Optus has earlier provided 4G services using 1800 MHz spectrum in selected locations in Bendigo in Victoria, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Nowra and Vincentia in New South Wales and Toowoomba in Queensland.


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