Optus 3G network expands into regional areas

Mobile broadband and mobile phone users in metro and regional areas may be pleased to know there will be a wider choice when it comes to choosing a mobile phone or mobile broadband plan.

Last month Optus announced that the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) would be issuing the telecommunications giant 3G spectrum licenses for 972 sites across Australia.

Last Friday, Optus enabled seven new sites across New South Wales and Queensland with 3G network access. Optus will now be able to compete with the Next G network in these areas, giving customers the option to step away from Telstra for their mobile phone or mobile broadband plans.

The sites in Queensland include Yarrawonga, Garbutt, Hervey Bay and Stockland Stadium. In NSW, new sites with 3G access include Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga and Forest Hill. The Optus 3G network will be expanding further in the coming week, with 3G network access in 14 additional sites, including Toowoomba in Queensland and Bendigo in Victoria.

The expansion of the new Optus 3G sites has come just after the recent announcement of new Optus mobile broadband packages.