VHA to introduce DC-HSPA+ in September, LTE to follow in 2013

27 Jun 2012

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has outlined its plans for the rollout of both dual carrier HSPA+ (DC-HSPA+) and Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, Delimiter reports. With rivals Telstra and Optus both having already inaugurated commercial LTE-based services, VHA is looking to catch up, and the operator’s first step is expected to come in September 2012, at which date it plans to start upgrading its existing 3G infrastructure to support DC-HSPA+, offering downlink speeds of up to 16Mbps. Initially the technology will be rolled out in ‘selected metropolitan areas of Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle, Melbourne (including Geelong and the Mornington Peninsula), Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Adelaide and Perth,’ before being deployed in other areas on a ‘progressive basis’. In terms of its plans for the introduction of LTE, meanwhile, such services are expected to be available at some point next year, although it is understood that a more detailed timeframe for its 4G rollout will not be confirmed until VHA completes the tender process and contract negotiations for the network’s construction.

Australia, Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom Limited)