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Optus improves coverage to the border
22 May 2003

Residents and visitors to the New South Wales and Victoria border town Albury will benefit from improved coverage as a result of the expansion of Optus' mobile network.

Local Optus World store manager Darrell Smails said Optus is 'raising the bar' and is working towards significant coverage expansion in regional Australia.

"The network expansion includes new mobile base stations at Chiltern, Finley, Jerieldeire, Shepparton, Tocumwal, Wagga Wagga, Wangaratta East and surrounding areas. A new site is under construction for Albury CBD," he said.

"Being on the border, we have a lot of through traffic. Traveller's will enjoy the boost in coverage these new mobile sites provide a long the Hume Highway, Stuart Highway and heading south on the Newell Highway. Family and friends can rest assured knowing the coverage is more reliable on the road," Mr Smails said.

In addition, Optus customers with car kits will have better coverage when heading north along the Riverina Highway towards Deniliquin and Berrigan up to about 30 kilometres. With plans to build a number of new sites this year, to improve coverage on the Hume Highway.

Optus is growing its network at almost twice the rate that it did in the company's first few years of operation. On an average, Optus turns on one new base station every day and plans to continue to grow the network at that rate.

The network consists of around 3,500 base stations nationally with plans to build another 400 in the next 12 months with a focus on improving its rural and regional footprint, particularly in NSW and Victoria.

The network provides coverage to over 94 per cent of the Australian population and handles more than 96 million calls a week and more than 32 million SMS messages each week.

For more information about Optus products and services visit the local Optus World store at 419 Kiewa Street and Hume Highway, Albury or visit the Optus website: www.optus.com.au.

For more information:
Joni Gathercole
Optus Corporate Affairs
Tel: (02) 9342 8432