Australia's Optus announced plans to spend $1 billion to improve and expand its mobile network in regional Australia by the end of June 2018.
This builds on the ongoing investment program by Optus, which has invested more then $3.6 billion into mobile networks since 2015.
As part of the plan, the country's second largest operator targets to build 500 new mobile sites across regional and remote parts of Australia, including 114 sites under the Federal Government’s Mobile Blackspots Program.
In addition, it aims to complete the 4G upgrade program which will upgrade more than 1,800 sites from 3G to 4G technology and add additional 4G capacity to more than 200 sites, delivering improved customer experience during periods of high usage.
This network expansion comes off the back of the $1.5 million investment Optus has made in the Tamworth region over the past 12 months to build new sites and upgrade existing towers with 4G capacity.