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Optus deploys generators in regional areas to bolster network

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Telco Singtel Optus has deployed 33 generators to improve the stability of its regional network, the company says, adding that these have placed at key sites in the area.

In a statement, Optus said the generators had been placed at Townsville, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton and Fraser Coast as part of an Australia-wide deployment.

Optus Territory general manager for North and Central Queensland, Dave Morrissey, said, “We know that network continuity during natural disasters is critical and while the industry works on a range of solutions with energy providers and emergency services this boost of new generators is crucial to ensure our sites are best supported to handle any unfavourable weather conditions and deliver a resilient network.”

The company says it has invested more than $6 billion in its network since 2015. It has also increased its mobile sites to more than 8000 so that even the most remote communities have a choice of providers.

"Our network is stronger than ever before in regional Australia and by deploying generators at key sites across regions of Townsville, Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton, we look forward to putting the best possible measures in place to maintain network service continuity," Morrissey added.

The company recently announced an updated regional offer, decreasing the price of Optus Choice and Optus One plans by 20% across Tasmania and the Northern Territory, as well as regional parts of SA, NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

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