29 Aug Telstra Ready To More than Double Its 4G Network
While Telstra already lead the pack with their robust 4G network, it is set to more than double its 4G coverage in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth in the next 10 months.
At present, Telstra’s 4G network covers more than 100 metropolitan and regional locations across Australia including all capital CBDs. Under this network expansion, more than 1,000 new 4G/LTE base stations will be installed by mid 2013, which will allow Telstra’s 4G service to reach about 66% of the Australian population.
To get an idea of the expansion of 4G coverage, here is a break down by state:
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- Brisbane: Coverage will stretch from Brisbane Airport in the East to Indooroopilly in the West and from Coopers Plains in the South to Chermside in the North.
- Gold Coast: New coverage to span from Surfers Paradise in the East to Greystanes in the West and from Tugun in the South to Hope Island in the North.
- Sydney: Telstra will double the existing Sydney coverage, spanning from Manly in the East to Greystanes in the West, and from Kogarah in the South to Hornsby in the North.
- Canberra: Coverage will span from Queanbeyan in the East to Duffy in the West and from Farrer in the South to Moncreif in the North
- Melbourne: Telstra is doubling the 4G coverage in Melbourne, with coverage to span from Ringwood in the East to Werribee in the West and from Bentleigh in the South to Epping in the North.
- Adelaide: 4G coverage will be doubled in Adelaide, coverage will stretch from Magill in the East to Henley Beach in the West, and from Torrents Park in the South to Broadview in the North.
- Perth: More 4G coverage doubling in Perth, with service set to span from Maida Vale in the East to Fremantle in the West and from Willetton in the South to Dianella in the North.
Telstra have also announced that along with its 4G expansion plans, there is now 4G coverage in the main train tunnel between central and North Sydney.
The added bonus is that Telstra have promised five new 4G-enabled smartphones before the end of 2012 and in 2013, with the carrier expecting two-thirds of all smartphones released on the network to be 4G capable.
While Telstra will not name the devices, Warwick Bray, Executive Director of Mobile for Telstra has told Gizmodo that they “don’t have any information about new iPhone devices”, which begs the question of whether the new iPhone will be compatible with Australia’s 4G network.