Telstra has announced it will 'more than double' the coverage footprint of 4G services.This will affect both regional and metropolitan area, and aims to service approximately two thirds of the Australian population.
The full media release is available here. Which includes this list of coverage upgrades by state:
- Brisbane: Plan to more than double the coverage to 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 planned coverage stretching from Surfers Paradise in the East to Nerang in the West and from Tugun in the South to Hope Island in the North.
- Sydney: Plan to more than double the coverage to stretches from Manly in the East to Greystanes in the West and from Kogarah in the South to Hornsby in the North.
- Canberra: Planned coverage from Queanbeyan in the East to Duffy in the West and from Farrer in the South to Moncrieff in the North.
- Melbourne: Plan to more than double the coverage to stretch from Ringwood in the East to Werribee in the West and from Bentleigh in the South to Epping in the North.
- Adelaide: Plan to more than double the coverage to stretch from Magill in the East to Henley Beach in the West and from Torrens Park in the South to Broadview in the North.
- Perth: Plan to more than double the coverage, to stretch from Maida Vale in the East to Fremantle in the West and from Willetton in the South to Dianella in the North.
Increases in 4G capacity are of course welcome, since anyone who has used it will tell you that the new LTE network is far superior to the existing Next G network. One has to wonder just how much this announcement was spurred on by the recent commercial release of Optus' 4G services in Sydney and Perth. Telstra already had more stuff - for a higher cost. Now it has more. It will be interesting to see how Optus responds, and whether their own 4G roll-out plans are accelerated.