Telstra plans to expand its 4G coverage to 200 towns across the country in the next six months.
Telstra COO, Brendan Riley, stated the roll out will take Telstra’s 4G coverage to 85 per cent of the population by Christmas, up from 66 per cent at the end of June.
“Last August, we committed to extending our 4G coverage to 66 per cent of Australians by June 30. Having met that target, we are now committing to have superfast services in place for 85 per cent of the population by the end of the year by upgrading another 1500 base stations before Christmas,” Riley said. “We already offer 4G services in approximately 100 regional locations and this new expansion will take 4G services to more than 200 new towns and increase our capital city footprint across many more suburbs.”
On top of providing new regional areas with 4G coverage, Telstra will continue to expand its existing footprint with a number of large regional cities including Newcastle and Wollongong in NS; and Bundaberg and Cairns in Queensland. It will also work on its continuing expansion of the 4G network in each capital city.
Some the towns that can expect the new 4G service includes Ballina, Ulladulla, Nelson Bay, Kiama, Moree, Yamba, Batemans Bay in NSW; Colac, Sale, Healesville, Kilmore, Lakes Entrance, Stawell in Victoria; Biloela, Charters Towers, Goondiwindi, Gordonvale, Innisfail, Kingaroy in QLD; Berri, Kadina, Kapunda, Loxton, Wallaroo in South Australia; Margaret River, Northam, Denmark, Donnybrook, Dunsborough, Manjimup in Western Australia and Latrobe in Tasmania.
Earlier this month, Vodafone revealed plans to open up its 4G network to new customers across metropolitan Australia covering Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, as well as Wollongong, Gold Coast and Newcastle.
At the time, Vodafone Chief Network Officer, Benoit Hanssen, said it was the only carrier that had 20MHz wide-band spectrum holdings in all five major capital cities, and plans to triple the number of 4G network sites by the end of the year.