Telstra has announced boosting its 4G capacity by up to 50 percent across 200 sites in North Queensland and South Australia, utilising the spectrum it bought during the 1800MHz auction earlier this year. The areas seeing the speed boost include Cairns, Townsville, Ayr, Innisfail, Port Douglas, Mossman, Ingham, and Charters Towers in North Queensland; and Ceduna, Port Lincoln, Coffin Bay, Port Pirie, Whyalla, Victor Harbour, Goolwa, Renmark, Mount Gambier, and Robe in South Australia. "We are proud to be able to deliver this additional speed to our customers. This is possible because of our significant investment which helped us secure additional 1800MHz spectrum in regional areas across Australia," said Telstra group managing director of Networks Mike Wright. "We will keep investing to make sure our customers, particularly in regional and rural areas, have the best mobile experience on Australia's biggest mobile network.
Vodafone Australia has concluded a "major network upgrade" on its 4G network in Canberra, using the 1800MHz spectrum it secured during the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) auction earlier this year. Vodafone spent AU 68 million to secure 11x 1800MHz spectrum in February: Four lots in the Australian Capital Territory, for AU 37 million; two lots in North Queensland, for AU 7.75 million; one lot in South Queensland, for AU 7.91 million; two lots in Tasmania, for AU 12.87 million; and two lots in Regional Western Australia, for AU 2.5 million. Using the spectrum, Vodafone has upgraded 84 network sites to 1800MHz 4G to increase capacity by fourfold, and plans to upgrade another 19 sites over the next year. "A great deal of work has been put into improving network performance in Canberra," said Vodafone CTO Kevin Millroy. "Through our investments, we have been able to drive a wide range of upgrades to deliver greater reliability, speed, and performance.
Kogan Mobile customers will be able to use Vodafone Australia's 4G network as of June, with all new and existing customers to be moved across to the higher-speed network without any increase in pricing. Kogan Mobile was relaunched on Vodafone's 3G network in October last year following a short-lived tenure in the mobile industry in 2013, which was marked by an unfortunate deal with ISPOne to resell Telstra 3G services. Vodafone at the time signalled its intent to open up its 4G network to Kogan Mobile during the first half of 2016. "We know Aussies want fast mobile speeds. Enabling 4G is part of our plan to continuously improve the value consumers receive from Kogan Mobile," Kogan.com
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced the results of its 5G spectrum auction, with Telstra winning the most lots in the 3.6GHz band. "This spectrum is recognised internationally as a key band for 5G services. Timely release of 5G-compatible spectrum will facilitate the early delivery of next generation 5G services to the Australian public and industry," ACMA Chair Nerida O'Loughlin said on Monday morning. The ACMA made AU$853 million from the spectrum auction, the equivalent of around AU$0.29/MHz/pop. The 3.6GHz spectrum licences will commence in March 2020, but carriers can access them earlier, and will continue until December 13, 2030.
Vodafone Australia has announced that it will be allowing mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) Macquarie Telecom, Lebara, Pivotel Prepaid, Hello Mobile, and Go Talk to access its 4G network. Kogan Mobile and TPG Mobile already have access to the Vodafone 4G network. "We've invested billions of dollars in the Vodafone network over recent years, and we're very pleased to be offering our fast, reliable 4G services to more of our MVNOs," Vodafone head of Wholesale Paul Tierney said. "Provided they have a 4G capable device, customers of these MVNOs will be able to enjoy the Vodafone 4G network for browsing the internet, and streaming, uploading, and downloading content." Lebara will gain access on June 30, followed by Macquarie Telecom, Pivotel Prepaid, Hello Mobile, and Go Talk on July 6.