The number of mobile customers of Optus in Australia has grown to 8 million with a 10.5 per cent rise over a year ago, boosted by consumer demand for 'smart' phones.
According to the telco's parent company, SingTel, the operator signed up 213,000 new mobile and wireless broadband customers in the June quarter which included 139,000 post-paid customers.
The company said the growth was boosted by demand for the Apple iPhone and other smart phones with plans including unlimited calls and text messaging in Australia.
The number of 3G customers of the company rose to 2.76 million.
The telco also confirmed on Wednesday that its D3 satellite is set to launch on 22 August. The satellite will allow television broadcasters to offer more channels to customers.
Optus will also provide additional services to its customers, including pay TV provider Foxtel which will launch more than 25 channels and a number of interactive services around October.