Telstra has said that it plans to more than double the coverage area for its Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, with a view to extending its 4G footprint to some two-thirds of the country’s population. Having launched LTE commercially in September last year, Telstra has revealed that it aims to offer ‘ultra-fast mobile coverage’ across all capital cities over the course of the next ten months.
With the first new LTE base stations commencing operation today in Bondi Beach and in the North Shore rail tunnel, Sydney, Brendon Riley, Telstra’s chief operations officer, claimed the expansion would ensure that the operator would meet increasing demand. Alongside outlining its coverage expansion plans, Telstra also detailed the current status of its 4G infrastructure, confirming that it currently offers coverage in more than 100 metropolitan and regional locations across the nation including all capital CBDs. Looking ahead, under the network expansion plans it says more than 1,000 new LTE base stations will be installed by mid-2013, by which date it expects to have a population coverage of 66%, up from the 40% it currently reports. ‘Once the network expansion is complete Telstra 4G will cover even more of Australia’s highest population centres. For instance, coverage will stretch out in a 10-15 kilometre radius from the Sydney General Post Office (GPO) and a 15-20 kilometre radius from the Melbourne GPO,’ Mr Riley said, adding: ‘Our investment is geared towards sustaining our network reach and performance for all our existing and potential new customers – particularly anyone looking to trade up to a 4G device.’
In terms of take-up for its 4G services, Telstra has also confirmed that more than 340,000 of its LTE mobile broadband devices are currently in use, while some 160,000 LTE-enabled smartphones are also active on its network.
The full state-by-state coverage expansion plans are as follows:
• Brisbane: doubling 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 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: more than doubling coverage to stretch from Manly in the east to Greystanes in the west and from Kogarah in the south to Hornsby in the north.
• Canberra: new coverage from Queanbeyan in the east to Duffy in the west and from Farrer in the south to Moncrieff in the north.
• Melbourne: more than doubling 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: more than doubling 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: more than doubling 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.