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Optus delivers more mobile coverage in SA
29 Apr 2003

Optus is delivering on its promise of more mobile coverage in South Australia with two new mobile base stations on Kangaroo Island.

Optus Director Business Mobile, Peter Acheson, said that Optus is ‘raising the bar' and is working towards improving mobile coverage in rural and regional South Australia with the further roll out of its high quality GSM network.

"The base stations at Penneshaw and Kingscote are just two of Optus' new regional sites in South Australia. Optus is investing further in South Australia with another 17 base stations planned for the state in 2003," he said.

Mobile coverage in Penneshaw and surrounding areas includes street coverage along parts of American River and Cape Jervis. Coverage to the main township of Kingscote and surrounding areas includes the highway towards Penneshaw.

"Increased Optus mobile coverage will be a vast improvement to mobile users travelling on the SeaLink Ferry from Cape Jervis. Optus mobile customers will be able to make and receive calls during their 45 minute voyage.

"Optus' mobile network covers 95 per cent of South Australia's population and over 30 per cent of its land mass," Mr Acheson said.

In addition, Optus has recently improved coverage to areas including Meningie, Lucindale, Karoonda and Burra. Further investments to expand Optus' network in regional South Australia this year include Lameroo, Pinnaroo, Swan Reach, Peterborough, Gladstone, Jamestown, Hawker, Quorn, Ceduna, Cobber Pedy, Roxby Downs and Woomera.

"Both sites on Kangaroo Island have been designed to minimise any visual impact to the island's landscape and are located on existing towers – with the aim to protect the beauty of the local environment," he said.

With more than 4.4 million mobile customers, a third of the nation's mobile users are on the Optus mobile network. For further information about Optus prepaid products visit the local Optus representative, the Kingscote Australia Post or contact Optus Direct on 1300 133 731.

Background
A Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) mobile networks are for more established system with over 12 million users in Australia. In Australia most mobile phones use land-based networks that relay radio signals between mobile handsets, base stations and other radio transmitters.

GSM mobile customers can change from one GSM network to another and use their existing mobile phone. The network allows roaming between Australian GSM phone companies and GSM networks in Europe, New Zealand, many Asian countries and parts of the USA.

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