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Singtel's Optus to boost regional mobile coverage with 1800 MHz spectrum

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 08:11
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Singtel's telco unit in Australia, Optus, on Friday said it has acquired new regional licences in the 1800 MHz spectrum band.

SINGTEL'S telco unit in Australia, Optus, on Friday said it has acquired new regional licences in the 1800 MHz spectrum band.

Specifically, it has obtained two 20 MHz in five regions, and two 25 MHz in seven regions for A$196 million (S$197 million).

"The 1800 MHz acquisition means Optus is well-placed to expand its 4G network coverage to more places around Australia. The Optus mobile network currently reaches 98.5 per cent of the Australian population, with 4G services now available for more than 90 per cent of Australians," the company noted.

Optus was successful in acquiring 1800 MHz spectrum in contiguous lots with alignment between its metropolitan and regional spectrum assets.

Optus CEO Allen Lew said: "The use of common frequencies between metropolitan and regional areas will help reduce dead zones across urban and rural boundaries, and give customers a seamless 4G experience when they're on the go."

He added: "The roll-out of 4G services using 1800 MHz spectrum means Optus customers with compatible phones can enjoy superfast downloads, browsing and streaming in more places. Optus now has an expanded mix of spectrum to deliver extensive coverage and superfast speeds for more Australians."

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