Vodafone Australia has confirmed it is planning to drop USD500 million on a new 3G network. The cellco aims to trump its current 3G network partner Optus Mobile, to create a wireless broadband network covering 95% of the population by December 2008. In January this year Optus announced it would build a 3G network covering 96% of the population but said construction would not begin until early 2008 and would run to 2010. The two telcos jointly operate a metropolitan 3G network covering 60% of the population, well behind the 98% covered by Telstra’s Next G network. The Optus/Vodafone’s shared network operates on the 2100MHz frequency, the spectrum which best suits densely populated areas, However, Vodafone’s new network will use the 900MHz range which requires fewer base stations.