On the back of what it has termed ‘unprecedented demand from customers for superfast mobile services’, Australian wireless operator Telstra has outlined plans to boost 4G coverage by the end of this year. With the cellco saying it aims to extend its LTE network footprint to a further 200 regional towns across the country over the next six months, Telstra’s chief operations officer Brendon Riley claimed that the rollout programme will see its coverage level reach 85% of the population by end-2013, up from the 66% it currently has.
Highlighting its achievements so far with regards to the construction of its 4G infrastructure, Telstra noted that it has now deployed more than 2,000 LTE-compatible base stations nationwide, with services on offer in every capital city and many surrounding metropolitan suburbs, as well as in more than 100 Australian regional areas. As per the company’s updated deployments plans, it expects to have some 3,500 base stations kitted out with 4G equipment by end-2013, making 4G available in more than 300 towns across Australia, including many popular holiday hotspots. Meanwhile, alongside bringing its LTE-based services to new regional areas, Telstra has confirmed it will continue to expand its existing footprint with a number of large regional cities, including Newcastle and Wollongong in New South Wale, and Bundaberg and Cairns in Queensland. Additional capacity on the Telstra 4G network is also expected to be added in each capital city.