Optus will enable its 4G network across Greater Newcastle, Port Stephens, the Hunter Valley and Lake Macquarie next week.
The service will be trialled for free by some customers in exchange for feedback on the network’s performance and capability on devices.
Retail customers using the 4G network with Optus will be issued with wireless dongles, while business customers will be allocated mobile Wi-Fi adapters.
Optus will roll out its 4G network in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth from mid this year, with Brisbane and Adelaide to be connected from the first half of 2013.
Telstra also recently announced the second phase of its 4G network expansion in Newcastle.
Optus plans to release 4G compatible handsets in the coming months.
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