Vodafone dabbles in regional 3G

Vodafone dabbles in regional 3G

Telco expects to provide 3G coverage to 94 per cent of Australian population by August

Following on from the Federal Government’s announcement to give the bush a $250 million dollar NBN headstart, Vodafone is rolling out its 3G network across major regional centres on May 1.

Regional Vodafone customers will be able to use the 3G network to access data services such as wireless broadband via a computer or a compatible mobile phone.

Vodafone cited the need to increase competition as a contributing factor to the upgrade.

Once the service goes live, the telco claims Vodafone’s 3G coverage will reach 80 per cent of Australian population. The company has made further plans to bolster the network with a second stage upgrade, slated to be completed in August, which is expected to stretch 3G coverage to 94 per cent of the population.

Mobile broadband has become a big part of internet business with Internode this week announcing its entry into on-the-go broadband market through the Optus network and Telstra’s introduction of a 21Mbps peak rated mobile modem earlier this year.

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