Optus Starts Fixed Wireless Broadband Trial in Four Australian Capital Cities [VIDEOS]
By Janice Somosot | November 21, 2013 3:19 PM EST
Optus, which is also known as SingTel Optus Pty Limited, has reportedly started its fixed wireless broadband trial in four Australian capital cities namely, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. This move was done in order to check if a reliable 4G signal can indeed replace fixed broadband connections in several urban areas.
According to a report by Brisbane Times, Optus' fixed wireless broadband trial is now open to about 200 Optus staff in Adelaide and Sydney.
Martin Mercer, Optus managing director of fixed services spoke to Brisbane Times about the said trial and what its success could do for the improvement of Optus services.
"If the trial is successful, Optus will be able to offer home broadband services across ADSL2+, cable, NBN and wireless - providing real choice for whatever circumstances suit our customers' needs," said Mercer in the Brisbane Times report.
Instead of using a dongle to receive signals, households involved in the trial will be able to use a wireless router. Optus plans on pricing the fixed wireless service in the same range as its other fixed products, such as fixed phone services.
Compared to the unpredictable signals of Mobile broadband, fixed wireless broadband signals are easier to monitor, which allows Optus to better manage their telecommunications network and in turn, provide much more reliable service.
Optus is owned by Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) and is the second largest telecommunications company in Australia. It also owns other brands including Uecomm, Virgin Mobile Australia and Alphawest. Optus has its own network infrastructure but also uses other providers of network service, like Telstra Wholesale. OptusNet is the company's brand that is responsible for dial-up, wireless and broadband Internet services.
According to Optus, its fibre networks can be found all over Australia, stretched over 48,000 km of its land. Aside from that, the company also owns a part of 7 international fibre links. All of these help users in places such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to reach their desired recipients located in different parts of the world.
The Optus fixed wireless broadband trial in Australia hopes to offer up to12 megabits per second of download speed to its users. Mercer further emphasized that the trial is not only about customer experience, satisfaction and speed of service, but also about managing the Optus 4G Plus network. The company hopes to maintain their customers' internet connection even during busy or peak hours.
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