Telstra aiming to introduce 4G wholesale product by June 2016

17 Mar 2015

Australia’s largest cellco by subscribers Telstra is said to be planning to introduce a wholesale 4G service by June 2016. In a press release confirming the timeframe, Telstra Wholesale’s group executive Stuart Lee noted that the company’s existing wholesale mobile product, which is based on 3G, was still ‘enjoying sustained growth’. Nonetheless, with the company acknowledging that its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partners are keen to gain access to the faster speeds offered by 4G, it has set about in making preparations for the new service. To that end, Mr Lee was cited as saying: ‘We have commenced the technical work necessary at a network and platform level to ensure we can offer 4G next year. We will also now commence discussions with our customers to determine whether they will add 4G to their product offers … While we are still developing the product, at present we expect our wholesale 4G product will reach at least 90% of the Australian population and offer high speed download performance.’

Australia, Telstra (incl. Belong)