Optus Brings Its 4G To Darwin For The First Time

Optus has turned on its superfast 4G in Darwin for the first time. Customers with compatible 4G devices will now be able to enjoy faster web browsing, downloading and better video streaming in the Darwin CBD area.

The launch follows the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) granting Optus an early access commercial licence for 4G 700MHz spectrum.

“We’re excited to be bringing 4G to Darwin and enabling our customers to access superfast mobile data services for the first time,” said Vic McClelland, Managing Director of Optus Networks.

“This commercial pilot kicks-off the expansion of our national 4G network which will bring Optus 4G to more Australians and help us deliver a better 4G network experience to our customers,” Mr McClelland said.

Optus customers with compatible devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) will be able to access the new 4G network in select areas of Darwin’s CBD and get a taste of Optus’ superfast 4G. To bring the benefits of 4G to even more customers, Optus is also trialing 4G using its 2100 MHz spectrum in this area.

“This is great news for Optus customers, but it’s also great news for the Top End with Optus bringing more choice and competition to mobile services,” said Jim Carew, local Optus store owner of three Darwin stores in The Mitchell Centre, Casuarina Square Shopping Centre and Palmerston.

“There are a number of smartphones out there that can use 4G on 700MHz and 2100MHz and as long as customers have a compatible 4G plan, they’ll be able to access Optus’ superfast 4G network,” Mr Carew said.

From January 2015, as the 700MHz spectrum becomes nationally available for commercial use, Optus will expand its 4G network to around 200 holiday destinations and regional locations nationally. The spectrum will be used to bring 4G coverage to new regional locations as well as improve the indoor 4G experience for customers in metro areas.

New Hotel For Palmerston

Development approval has been given to construct a $50 million hotel that will form Stage One of the Maluka Views development right in the heart of the Palmerston CBD.

The Palmerston Hotel will be located right behind ‘the Hub’ on Roystonea Avenue and consist of 161 hotel rooms, including 32 suites and also 41 short stay apartments.

Local investors John ‘Foxy’ Robinson and Mick Burns have joined forces to make this project a reality which will employ around 240 people during construction and 110 once completed.

Minister for Lands, Planning and the Environment and also local Member for Brennan, Peter Chandler said with the fast-tracking of local land release this development is exactly what Palmerston needs.

“Palmerston is a growing community, with two suburbs currently under construction and more right around the corner so it’s important we really utilise our CBD,” Mr Chandler said.

“This site has sat vacant for many years and the government has released it for development through our urban infill strategy which has identified 70 parcels of Crown land across the Territory which could yield up to 2,700 dwellings.

“Hotel accommodation is under immense pressure, especially in the Dry, this development will bring online much needed rooms for the developing City of Palmerston.

“The next stage of the Maluka Views development will have a residential focus while achieving a mix of commercial, retail and alfresco dining options to establish a unique and vibrant address within Palmerston.”

Local Darwin businessman John ‘Foxy’ Robinson said Palmerston was long overdue for something of this calibre.

“There are 50,000 people living in Palmerston and the Rural Area and there is nothing of this standard for them to access,” Mr Robinson said.

“Together with my fellow investors we have confidence in the growth of Palmerston, so much so we’re quite literally putting our money where our mouths are.”