Feeds

Optus to fling A$25 million at Tasmania

New network mimics NBN backhaul link plans

Boost IT visibility and business value

Telstra is finally going to lose its near-monopoly over mobile comms in Tasmania, with Optus announcing it will triple the number of base stations it operates in the island state.

The network upgrade, which Optus says will cost $25 million (including new retail stores), will cover 45 towns in all regions of Tasmania.

Interestingly, the project could also be seen as a low-key endorsement of the National Broadband Network.

Optus identified sixteen of the 45 towns to receive new services under the project: Irishtown, Stanley and Arthur River (north-west Tasmania), Bridport, Lilydale and Scottsale (in the north-east), Strahan, Queenstown and Zeehan (to the west), Adventure Bay, Alonnah and Dover (south), and the east coast towns St Marys, St Helens, Swansea and Coles Bay.

Twelve of these are on or near backhaul links that NBN Co has tagged for its network in Tasmania. It’s at least feasible that without the prospect of competitive backhaul to these locations, the project may not have proceeded.

The expanded coverage will leave only the sparsely-populated south-west of the state entirely without coverage on either the 900MHz or 2.1GHz band.

Optus says the upgrade will also bring increased capacity to existing mobile sites in Tasmania.

Günther Ottendorfer, managing director of Optus Networks, said “we will be the only mobile carrier capable of challenging the incumbent’s network reach in Tasmania.

“The extent of the investment and the ability to meet customer expectations has provided the Tasmanian Government with the confidence in choosing Optus for mobile and mobile data services.”

Optus claims the expanded network will reach 96 per cent of Tasmania’s population.

Seven Steps to Software Security

More from The Register

next story
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins
We don't need no steenkin' TCP/IP retransmission and the congestion it causes
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?
Russian launch for Sammy's non-droid knocked back
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.