Optus puts AUD3.5 million in 4G in Ballarat, Bendigo

Australia —

Optus has planned further investments worth AUD3.5 million into its 4G network, in Ballarat and Bendigo over the next two years in a bid to improve network coverage.

Optus will build new towers at Ballarat Base Hospital, Newington, Alfredton, Delacombe, Lake Wendouree North, Ballarat Airport and Bonshaw. The investment will also improve coverage along the Western Highway at Ballan, Rockbank and Brookfield, the Glenelg Highway at Smythes Creek and the Midland Highway at Castlemaine and Creswick South.

“We see a lot of growth potential (in Ballarat),” Optus chief executive Allen Lew said.

“There are a couple of growth areas with new houses and developments (such as Lucas) that have come up. We will be covering those areas in another six months and we’ll go through the planning process to acquire the sites.”

“We don’t believe that infrastructure sharing is the way to go. In fact, we believe that whoever wants to be a telco in Australia has to make a critical network (investment). A telco’s basic mission is to provide services to our consumers and business customers to help them in their everyday lives and help them get their business done. Infrastructure is a big part of that. We’ve made a very concerted effort to build our own network and we are happy to keep building our nework, Mr. Lew added.