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Monday, 20 February 2012 10:10

Optus acquires Vividwireless for 4G spectrum


Optus has agreed to acquire Vividwireless, and with it comes a chunk of spectrum suitable for 4G services.

Optus has agreed to acquire Vividwireless from its current owner, Seven Group Holdings, for $230 million in cash.

In doing so, Optus will gain 98MHz of spectrum in the 2.3GHz band, which is suitable for 4G services. The company intends to use it for a 4G LTE-TDD network that will deliver typical download speeds of 25 to 87 Mbps - "twice as fast as existing competitive services" according to Optus officials.

It will be integrated with the Optus 1800MHz 4G network, which is scheduled for launch in Newcastle and the Hunter region (NSW) in April 2012.

Vividwireless currently operates a WiMax network, and trades under the vividwireless and unwired brands. ALthough Optus is acquiring the company lock, stock and barrel, its plans for these services was not clear from the announcement.

The government recently offered Vividwireless, along with Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, a spectrum licence renewal at set prices. The acquisition by Optus is subject to the renewal of Vividwireless's 2.3GHz licence, among other conditions.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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