After launching its TD-LTE network in Canberra earlier this year, Optus has dubbed the new network 4G Plus and expanded it into parts of Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
Optus is currently the only Australian telco offering a TD-LTE network alongside the more widely used FD-LTE technology.
Optus' TD-LTE uses the same frequency (2300MHz spectrum band) for uploads and downloads, though at separate times. Alternatively, Optus' FD-LTE technology uses two separate frequency channels on the 1800MHz band for uploads and downloads.
"We're effectively adding more lanes to the Optus 4G super highway, letting more people use our 4G network at the same time," said David Epstein, Optus' vice president of regulatory and corporate affairs.
"More lanes on the highway can help ease congestion for data hungry consumers."
"This strategy of combining 4G technologies – low-band 4G frequency for strong coverage, high-band spectrum to increase network capacity – gives Optus flexibility to meet our customers' need for additional capacity and faster network speeds," said Andrew Smith, Optus' vice president of mobile engineering.
Optus has previously said that it will continue to expand both its FD-LTE and TD-LTE networks and will stock more dual-band devices that can switch between the two 4G network bands as they become available.
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