Tuesday, 14 August 2018 11:41

Optus completes $42m investment in Tassie mobile services, continues to expand network Featured

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Optus has completed the rollout of 37 new mobile sites across Tasmania in the last 12 months as part of its $42.2 million investment in the state, aimed at improving call quality and faster download speeds for mobile customers.

Completion of the new mobile sites comes as Optus chief executive Allen Lew declared the small island state a priority for the company – and committed to invest a further $4.5 million to build more sites.

The telco — Australia’s second largest behind dominant telco Telstra — says with 151 sites across Tasmania, the 37 new base stations represent a 25% increase in sites across the state, increasing its network footprint and delivering coverage improvements for customers.

Optus’ investment in Tasmania has included the improvement of services for mobile customers across the state capital Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Tasmania’s east coast.

Lew said Optus continued to invest across Tasmania to improve connectivity, and offer Tasmanians “competition and choice for mobile services”.

“Tasmania is a priority state for Optus. In July last year we committed to building 35 new sites by July 2019. I’m proud to say that we’ve delivered on that target of 35 sites as well as an extra two locations in just 12 months. The introduction of new sites is testament to our commitment to building the best possible mobile network across the state.”

Lew says Optus firmly believes that competition is “not only good for the economy, but also good for the customer with these new sites providing customers with choice and better value”.

“In addition to our significant expansion in the last 12 months, we will build on our investment and commit a further $4.5 million to build another eight sites by March 2019,” Lew said.

The new sites will be spread across Tasmania, with Lew committing to more investment in the state.

“Our investment doesn’t stop after these new sites are delivered, and we look forward to further announcements in the future,” said Lew.

“With its breathtaking scenery and rugged landscape Tasmania can be a challenging location to provide mobile coverage. We believe that whether customers live and work in the cities or smaller towns and regional locations, they should have access to the same, network services and coverage,” he added.

The new sites to be built by Optus this financial year include: Cradoc, Magra, Salamanca Place, Austins Ferry, Campania, Romaine West, Jericho East and Doctors Rocks.

Here’s what Optus says about its investments across Tasmania:

Investment in Hobart and surrounds

 A total of seven new sites were completed in Hobart and surrounding suburbs including, Berriedale/Chigwell, Collinsvale East, Green Point/Bridgewater, Hobart CBD North, North Hobart, Sorrell Central and Tinderbox

Investment in Devonport and surrounds

 In the last 12 months five new sites were built in and around Devonport including Devonport North, Forth, Latrobe Central, Railton and Sassafras

Investment in Launceston and surrounds

 A total of 10 new sites were completed in and around Launceston including at Mole Creek, Oatlands, Legana, Deviot, Swan Bay, Beaconsfield North, Hadspen, Summerhill North, Rocherlea and Kayena

Investment in Tasmania’s East Coast

Optus completed three sites along the East Coast including at Coles Bay, Eaglehawk Neck and Orford

Optus says that, in addition to coverage across the State, its mobile customers also have access to the Optus 4G and 3G networks and mobile coverage during their Spirit of Tasmania voyage between Devonport and Melbourne.

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