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Optus - The Network

  • November 2015
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 16 pages

Optus offers key services based on its fixed-line cable infrastructure as well as its upgraded mobile networks. In August 2015 the ACCC gave the final approval to a revised agreement for the transition of Optus HFC customers onto the NBN, and the progressive acquisition and integration of parts of the telcos network with the NBN. In May 2015 Optus parent Singtel pledged to boost its investment in the telco to $1.8 billion over the next year to improve Optuss mobile network and increase its share in the fixed-line market. Also in 2015 Optus switched on 3x Carrier Aggregation (3x CA) using 1x FDD + 2x TDD technology in several Newcastle NSW.

Digital switching facilities, linked by fibre optic cable, have been installed in the major cities. The core HFC network has been upgraded with DOCSIS3.0 technology. The company continues to move ahead with technology updates to its networks. LTE networks were launched following consumer trials in the 1800MHz spectrum. Trial services have been launched using spectrum in the 700MHz ahead of the spectrum's formal allocation in early 2015. Using these assets, Optus expected to provide 70% population coverage by March 2015 and 98% coverage by the end of 2016.

Facilities to attract businesses to use cloud-based services over the IP network have been launched to make use of the new Optus 10 satellite. This report provides an overview of the company network operations HFC, the mobile Open Network, fibre and satellite operations.

Table Of Contents

Optus - The Network
1. Synopsis
2. Infrastructure overview
3. Optus deal with NBN Co
4. Consumer customer access network, the HFC network
4.1 Overview
5. Fixed network
5.1 Overview
5.2 ULL DSL
5.3 Core network
6. Mobile network
6.1 The Open Network
6.2 3G HSPA upgrades
6.2.1 Reaching 98% population coverage
6.2.2 HSPA+ for faster wireless broadband
6.2.3 Metro 900MHz re-farming
6.3 4G Long-term Evolution (LTE)
6.4 Optus/Vodafone 3G network sharing agreement
6.5 Carrier Aggregation
7. Wireless networks
7.1 Optus Wireless Connect
7.2 Radio
8. Wholesale activities
9. Digital media and cloud computing
9.1 IPTV
9.2 Google Apps for businesses
10. VoIP network
10.1 Overview
11. Satellite networks
11.1 Background info
11.2 Overview
11.3 Optus managing interim regional and remote satellite services
11.4 The Optus satellites
11.4.1 Introduction
11.4.2 Optus B3
11.4.3 Optus C1
11.4.4 Optus D1
11.4.5 Optus D2
11.4.6 Optus D3
11.4.7 Optus 10
11.5 The Earth stations
11.6 Optus MobileSat
11.7 Satellite broadband communities
11.8 Brief satellite history 1981 - 2014
12. Related reports
Table 1 Optus satellite revenue 2010 - 2013
Exhibit 1 The SingTel Optus network
Exhibit 2 HFC network status
Exhibit 3 An overview of the LTE development, testing and commercial release

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