Vodafone extends LTE-A to Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast

8 Dec 2014

Vodafone Australia has expanded the reach of its LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network, which it refers to as ‘4G+’, with customers in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast now able to take advantage of the higher downlink speeds offered by the technology. A total of 396 new 4G+ sites have gone live across Queensland, along with a further 704 sites in New South Wales, while the company said it aims to switch on additional sites before Christmas. Such activity comes as the cellco looks to make good on its stated aim of achieving 95% population coverage of metropolitan Australia for its 4G services by the end of 2014.

With the cellco utilising the 850MHz and 1800MHz bands to offer its LTE-A-based services, it has highlighted the benefits of this frequency pairing, with Vodafone Australia’s chief technical officer Benoit Hanssen noting: ‘The type of spectrum we’ve used for our new low-band network means customers’ devices will work even better indoors, including homes, businesses, shopping malls and car parks.’

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