With Australia’s Telstra having announced the launch of commercial LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services under the ‘4GX’ banner earlier this month, it has now expanded coverage to Melbourne. Initially access to the increased download speeds will be available in parts of Melbourne’s central business district (CBD) and surrounding suburbs including in St Kilda, Windsor, Albert Park, South Yarra, South Melbourne, Docklands, West Melbourne, North Melbourne, Collingwood, Fitzroy, East Melbourne, Parkville, Elsternwick, Cremorne. Looking ahead, Telstra has said that by January 2015 its 4GX services will cover an area spanning three kilometres of the Melbourne GPO, a shopping arcade situated inside the former Victorian-era Melbourne General Post Office. Further, it has said that the introduction of 4GX services will mean increased capacity for the Melbourne mobile network, giving subscribers both improved and more consistent data speeds.
Commenting on the development, Max Jennings, Telstra’s Director of Networks, was cited as saying: ‘Melbournians are relying on mobile connectivity more than ever. The explosion in applications, shift towards mobile video consumption and use of mobile in commerce means demand for connectivity continues to grow strongly … We’re staying ahead of this demand by introducing 4GX to boost network capacity. This will allow us to continue to offer our customers Australia’s most reliable mobile service that’s faster in more places.’
Telstra’s 4GX services use the operator’s 700MHz and 1800MHz spectrum, and are now available in selected areas of Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Darwin, Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart and ‘selected regional areas’.