Optus 4G Network – Optus

You can have the fanciest phone or tablet in the world, but it's not much use without an awesome network. That's why we're committed to making our network more amazing every day.

We have been putting in the hours, big bucks and manpower to boost the 3G network and bring 4G to more places, so you can chat, work, play, post, and watch – smoother, clearer and stronger - whether you're indoors or outdoors.

Ever wondered what all the 4G fuss is about? Well, '4G' means 'fast.' If you want to download and enjoy things on your mobile faster, you'll love our fast 4G network.

Just how fast is 4G?

Great question. Let's put 4G up against 3G in a fight of the fastest. Spoiler alert: 4G wins!

See how fast 4G can:

Load Facebook Newsfeed

 

Loading Facebook Newsfeed

4G 2.4 secs
3G 5.3 secs                
Speeds are averaged across a number of devices and compare Optus 4G and 3G network speeds. Actual speeds are device and location dependent. All brands title and names are the property of their respective owners.

Download a song

 

Downloading Payphone by Maroon 5 from iTunes

4G 3 secs
3G 9 secs                  
Speeds are averaged across a number of devices and compare Optus 4G and 3G network speeds. Actual speeds are device and location dependent. All brands title and names are the property of their respective owners.

Load a YouTube video

 

Loading a YouTube video

4G 1.8 secs
3G 3.7 sec                
Speeds are averaged across a number of devices and compare Optus 4G and 3G network speeds. Actual speeds are device and location dependent. All brands title and names are the property of their respective owners.

Download a movie

 

Downloading The Hunger Games

4G 14 mins 53 secs
3G 41 mins 6 secs        
Speeds are averaged across a number of devices and compare Optus 4G and 3G network speeds. Actual speeds are device and location dependent. All brands title and names are the property of their respective owners.

How can I enjoy fast 4G?

You need to be in an Optus 4G network area. At the moment, these areas are mainly in the big cities – in parts of Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth and Adelaide.

 
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Use our map to see if you live or work in an Optus 4G area.

 
SEE THE 4G AREAS
 

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Our 3G network now covers a whopping 98% of all Australians, giving you top-notch call quality and mobile internet.

But we didn’t build this type of coverage overnight. Oh no; we’ve been hard at it since 2005, expanding the coverage to new places, and making it so it can handle more users at the one time.

3G boosting blitz

And the work doesn’t stop. We’re now boosting the 3G network in heaps of areas which means better coverage indoors.

Use our handy map to check out our 3G coverage areas.

 
SEE THE 3G AREAS
 

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Check out the latest and greatest 3G and 4G phones that let you enjoy our 3G and 4G networks.

Even if you don't live in a 4G area, it can still be worth grabbing a 4G device. They have all the bells and whistles and you'll be able to feel the speed when you visit an existing 4G area.

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There are a fair few techie terms flying 'round when it comes to networks. So, let's break it down a bit in plain English.

4G/LTE

4G is the '4th Generation' of mobile network technology. It's the latest and greatest network available and will be around for a while yet. That's why it's sometimes called LTE (Long Term Evolution).

3G

3G is the '3rd Generation' of mobile network technology. It was a game changer and big step up from 2G, giving us the whole Internet experience – in our hands, on-the-go.

Base station

Base stations are the antennas you see on top of buildings and other high spots. They're the things responsible for getting your phone onto our network so you can call, text and use the 'net.

Cell on Wheels

This is a base station – on wheels, used to boost the network temporarily anywhere where there'll be heaps of people in the one spot. We often bring one of these babies to sporting matches and music festivals.

Latency

Latency is a measure of how long it takes for data to travel from your mobile/device to the Internet and back. On 4G, that time is around half of what it is on 3G. Which means quicker everything for you.

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