Australia’s Telstra has announced the delivery of what it has called a ‘significant speed boost’ for mobile subscribers in North Queensland and South Australia, revealing that up to 200 cellular sites in these regions are now receiving up to 50% more 4G capacity. In a press release the operator confirmed that customers in the following locations are already benefiting from the speed improvements: Cairns, Townsville, Ayr, Innisfail, Port Douglas, Mossman, Ingham and Charters Towers. Ceduna, Port Lincoln, Coffin Bay, Port Pirie, Whyalla, Victor Harbour, Goolwa, Renmark, Mount Gambier and Robe. Looking ahead, meanwhile, Telstra expects the network enhancements to increase speeds in a number of other areas, including Canberra, Darwin, Dubbo, Albury and Tasmania, once its gains ‘full access’ to the LTE-suitable spectrum in the 1800MHz band it purchased earlier this year.
Highlighting the fact that the company had spent AUD191 million (AUD138 million) to secure 57 blocks in the 1800MHz band in February, Telstra’s Group Manager Director of Networks Mike Wright noted that this investment ‘at least doubles and in some places triples the amount of spectrum in the 1800MHz band that [Telstra] may use to provide 4G services in some areas’.
Telstra currently claims coverage of 98% of the Australian population with its 4G network, it now expects to increase this to 99% by the end of June 2017.