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Thread: Optus GSM Coverage




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    I went to Bundaberg on Monday, and Optus had HANDHELD coverage all the way, except for a small area west of Cooroy (where no GSM carrier has handheld coverage). Got into Bundaberg, stopped off at KFC for lunch, and the reception on my Nokia 5110 was 1-2 bars on the street, with no signal indoors :cry:

    They have a dirty big red tower just north of the airport, but I think Optus should have a specialised CBD cell, just like they have in cities like Mt. Isa and Armidale.

    But it was rather nice standing out in the middle of the canefields at a fruit stall with 4/4 bar reception and my friend with Telstra GSM had no signal on his 6210 :D Made sure I brought the right fruit home for Mum ;)

    What is your opinion of Optus GSM coverage? Here's their email:

    Dear Jon,

    > Thank you for your email and the useful feedback it provided. Let me
    > assure you that Optus welcomes this feedback and, where possible, actively
    > uses it to deliver new service offerings to our customers.
    >
    I can confirm that consistent with your experience, our mapping system
    indicates that your address is located in an outdoor coverage zone. Our
    records do not yet indicate any plans for a new base station in this area,
    however, I will certainly pass this feedback on to the Network Planning team
    who take these kinds of requests into consideration when examining areas for
    upgrade.

    > We are continually looking for opportunities to provide better services
    > for all our customers and certainly appreciate you taking the time to
    > provide us with feedback on our network.
    >
    Regards,

    Optus Mobile Coverage Team
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    Well Optus have now (for the first time ever) comprehensively THRASHED Telstra GSM in coverage depth and quality in Australia's capital cities

    And they placed two new towers in my neck of the woods last month - including places Telstra doesn't cover :laugh:

    Any other comments on Optus GSM coverage?
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    It rawks?

    yes, thats appropriate.

    Optus have consistently beaten Telstra around my area in terms of coverage. I dont follow/notice their upgrades, me noticing a new tower going up is about as likley as me seing a tree fall in the woods.

    Still, telstra gsm phone at home only works when standing out on the street or in backyard. Optus phone full strength all thru the house. Even in my room. (fridge, computer, tv, psx etc..lots of interference causing equipment)

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    Well their webpage for mobile updates is here and is updated monthly - simply click on the State you are interested in to get an update :thumb: wings:
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    Man, that's totally opposite of what I experience at my church in Quakers Hill (northwest metro Syd). Most the area is new housing development - and when I step indoors all I get is the 112 only message, meaning Telstra coverage but not Optus. Step outside it's no better than 2 bar at most.
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    Out here in the middle of nowhere, Telstra has a far greater coverage area than Optus. Especially for people like me that travel around the area a fair bit, it's nice to have coverage 50km from the nearest town.. Optus just can't do that out here...

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    Well most of the Telstra GSM network was constructed before 1996, which was of course when Telstra started to be privatised. My point? Telstra was funded to the tune of $3 billion BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT to construct GSM to replace the analogue network. Optus and Vodafone didn't have this luxury, they are funded by private enterprise (who have the shareholder's interests in mind - not the people).

    Since 1996, Telstra has spent less than $1 billion further developing GSM - Optus and Vodafone have spent well in excess of $2 billion since enhancing and extending coverage. Just goes to show how much a privatised Telstra is willing to "support the needs" of people, huh?

    So my point is that Optus as a privately owned company have acheived far more than Telstra has :smokin:
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