Vodafone has stepped up its mobile services game through adding 128 new sites to its national network, as it aims to improve indoor mobile coverage to an additional 140,000 Australians.
According to the telco, the new sites were activated between December 2017 and January 2018 in select metro and regional areas spanning NSW, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania and Northern Territory.
The telco has also introduced 4G services to 91 mobile sites across its network.
“This is a significant milestone for Vodafone and sets the tone for a big year ahead as we continue to invest heavily in our mobile network,” Vodafone CTO, Kevin Millroy, said.
“The new and upgraded sites strengthen our 4G services and help deliver tailored benefits to different areas, faster data speeds, smoother music and video streaming, or stronger mobile coverage when indoors.”
Millroy said since activating the new sites, it has seen great results across the board. For instance, testing showed a 70 per cent increase in data speeds for customers in Torquay, Victoria.
“In Sydney’s west, we’ve seen an increase of almost 30 per cent in data usage from residents of Penrith,” he said.
“Vodafone customers enjoying the foreshore areas of Larrakeyah and Fannie Bay in Darwin are experiencing improved voice and data services, particularly indoors, and up to a 15 per cent increase in data speeds.
This means smoother video streaming, and less time spent loading webpages and downloading emails.
“Over recent years we have spent billions of dollars to expand and strengthen our mobile network. Our aim is to give Australians more choice and competition so they no longer have to put up with the status quo.”
In February last year, when the telco revealed its figures for the full year ending December 2016, it pointed to an eight per cent year-on-year revenue decline it claimed was entirely driven by mobile termination rate cuts.