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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.
35 million calls are made on the Optus Network
The Optus network delivers 40 million SMS's every day
Our network handles 700,000 hours of talk time every day. That's like a lifetime of talk!
The equivalent of 20 million songs are downloaded on our network every day.
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.
Great question. Let's put 4G up against 3G in a fight of the fastest. Spoiler alert: 4G wins!
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.