Optus launches dual-band 4G devices

The TD-LTE-compatiable devices include a USB dongle and Wi-Fi hotspot

The Optus E5776 4G WiFi modem.

The Optus E5776 4G WiFi modem.

Optus has launched two 4G dual-band devices which will let users take advantage of the telco's new Time-Division LTE (TD-LTE) network in Canberra.

Optus currently only offers TD-LTE in Australia's capital, where it runs on the 2300Mhz frequency. Thirteen sites currently deliver TD-LTE; outside of Canberra the telco's 4G network uses frequency-division (FD-LTE) on the 1800Mhz spectrum, offering coverage in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.

TD-LTE is faster than FD-LTE, and the devices – a USB modem and a portable Wi-Fi hotspot – connect to both 4G technologies.

“The launch of Optus 4G in Canberra today represents another important milestone in our ambitious 4G expansion program,” Günther Ottendorfer, managing director of Optus Networks, said in a statement.

“Customers will need compatible devices that operate on the new technology in Canberra, but these 4G dual band devices will integrate with our existing 4G network in other cities and our 3G network nationally.”

Postpaid plans

Optus’ 4G dual band Wi-Fi modem costs $15 per month on a 12-month contract; plans include $45 a month for 7GB of data and $60 for 10GB of data.

The telco’s USB modem is priced at $11 per month on a 12-month contract, with monthly plans including $45 for 7GB of data and $60 for 10GB.

Postpaid plans are available on 12-month and 24-month contracts or a month-to-month basis. Additional data for all plans is priced at $10 for each extra 1GB.

Prepaid plans

Optus’ dual band Wi-Fi modem can be purchased for $169 and includes 5GB of data, which must be used within 30 days; the USB modem costs $129 with 3GB of data.

Optus offers six recharge options for prepaid customers, starting at $10 for 300MB and going up to $130 for 15GB. Customers who recharge with a credit card on the Optus website receive an extra 15 per cent data allowance.

Optus is aiming to cover 70 per cent of Australia’s metro population with its 4G network by mid-next year.

The telco plans to extend its 4G coverage in Canberra to more than 50 sites over the second half of 2013.

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