Optus takes on Telstra with new 3G network

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Optus has announced that it will expand its 3G network coverage to 98 percent by next year and will bring its speeds up to 42Mbps by 2010, to compete with Telstra.

While upgrading its coverage from 96 percent to 98 percent by December 2009, it will cost the telco AU$315 million. This price will also include upping the bandwidth to 28Mbps in 2009 and with the aim of "strategic partners", it will increase that to 42Mbps by 2010.

Telstra is expected to beat Optus to that speed after it was announced in February that it will have its Next G network running at 42Mbps by the end of 2009.

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