Telstra to expand 4G to 85 per cent of Australia by Christmas
Telstra is aiming to extend its 4G coverage to 85 per cent of Australians by Christmas to meet the demand from customers for faster mobile services.
The expansion plans are expected to include a further 200 regional towns along with popular holiday spots like Batemans Bay (NSW), Colac (Vic), Biloela (Qld), Berri (SA), Margaret River (WA) and Latrobe (Tas).
By the end of June, Telstra had already made 4G available to 66 per cent of the Australian population and deployed more than 2000 base stations for 4G services in every capital city and more than 100 regional areas.
The company has also launched more than 30 4G handsets into the market.
Telstra’s plan by Christmas is to make 4G available in 300 more towns across Australia and to deploy 4G equipment to more than 3500 base stations.
“Each week, large numbers of customers are choosing a Telstra 4G mobile device to enjoy the superfast speeds that our network offers,” said Telstra chief operations officer Brendon Riley.
“We want to make that experience available to even more customers in more places across Australia.”
Telstra mobile executive director Warwick Bray says the range of 4G devices offer grew to meet customer demand.
“Since 4G was introduced in 2011 we launched 33 4G devices, with 27 of those still currently available. This is the most extensive range of 4G devices of any carrier in Australia,” he said.
“Our customers have a wide choice of pre and post paid smartphones, tablets and data devices, and we continue to collaborate with device manufacturers around the world to ensure we can give our customers a great range of 4G devices now and into the future.”