Optus to invest AUD 6.5 mln in Albury-Wodonga network

Monday 19 June 2017 | 11:41 CET | News

Australian operator Optus plans to invest AUD 6.5 million to upgrade mobile coverage across the Albury-Wodonga region over the next two years. Optus plans to deploy 8 new sites to expand its network coverage and upgrade customer service across the region for residents, businesses and visitors. The new sites in the Albury-Wodonga region will be built at locations in Beechworth Central, Corryong Town, Bright West, Eskdale, North Leneva, Cromer Hills Holbrook, North Albury, and Jindera.

The total amount of AUD 6.5 million includes an AUD 2.5 million investment already made by Optus in the Southern Riverina and Hume regions in the past 12 months, to build new sites in areas including Bonegilla, Baranduda, Walla Walla, Bowna, and upgrade existing towers to increase network capacity.

Optus reports that, in the past two years, it has built 123 new towers in regional areas, with a further 200 sites to go live in the next 12 months.

According to Optus, its mobile network currently reaches 98.5 percent of the Australian population, and its 4G Plus network reaches 96.1 percent of Australians. Since 2009, Optus has invested AUD 6 billion in its mobile network. Optus has built more than 510 new towers over the last two years, including 123 in regional Australia which service around 2.8 million regional customers. The Optus network handles over 45 million calls and 80 million SMS messages per day and carries 6,000 terabytes of data per week.

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