Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) is ahead of schedule with its $1.1 billion network upgrade with 775 new network sites added and another 810 upgraded.
Capacity was increased at 330 high traffic sites.
VHA's definition of 'new site' is an area where new coverage is provided either through a base station or upgraded equipment in base stations.
In February, VHA CEO, Nigel Dews, made a public apology about the telco’s network shortcomings and committed $1 billion to create a high-capacity 850MHz network which will eventually using 4G LTE technology.
Chinese communications vendor, Huawei, was recruited to upgrade VHA’s existing 2G and 3G base stations with new LTE-compatible equipment. The process began in April in pockets of the Central Coast.
Network reliability in the region has increased significantly since the upgrade, according to VHA. The equipment rollout will now branch out across the country with Canberra and Perth metropolitan areas to benefit first.
But the telco hinted at network performance improvements even before the $1 billion investment.
“Performance, reliability and coverage [on the VHA network] have all improved considerably since January including an 18 per cent improvement in dropped calls and 66 per cent increase in data reliability,” VHA said in a statement.
The aim for VHA is to add another 500 new network sites and upgrade another 520.
A total of 8000 network base stations will eventually be upgraded with 2200 new base stations to receive Huawei equipment by mid-2012.