4G Australia

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In telecommunications, 4G is the fourth generation of cell phone mobile communications standards. It is a successor of the third generation (3G) standards. A 4G system provides mobile "ultra-broadband" Internet access.[1] Australian network are currently rolling out Nation wide 4G networks.

Networks[edit]

Network Frequency
(MHz)
Band Class Notes Available Spectrum
Optus 700 28 4G FD-LTE 10 MHz available 31 December 2014[2] Currently (as of July '14) operating in Darwin and Perth CBDs. 10 MHz
Optus 1800 3 4G FD-LTE Currently operating in Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide. up to 15 MHz
Optus 2100 1 4G FD-LTE Currently operating in Tasmania up to 20 MHz
Optus 2300 40 4G TD-LTE First Deployment in Canberra with possible extensions to other capital cities. up to 98 MHz
Optus 2600 7 4G FD-LTE Available from 1 October 2014. 20 MHz
Telstra 700 28 4G FD-LTE Trialing with early access granted. License starts 31 December 2014. 20 MHz
Telstra 900 8 4G FD-LTE Announced 20 February 2014 to broaden scope of 4G network 5 MHz
Telstra 1800 3 4G FD-LTE Currently operating in Australian capital cities and regional centres 10 to 20 MHz
Telstra 2600 7 4G FD-LTE Available 1 October 2014 40 MHz
TPG Telecom 2600 7 4G FD-LTE Possible deployment from 1 October 2014. 10 MHz
Vodafone 850 5 4G FD-LTE Rolling out to reach 95% of metro population by the end of 2014. 5 MHz for now, alongside WCDMA850. up to 10 MHz
Vodafone 1800 3 4G FD-LTE Currently operating in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and outer metro areas. up to 30 MHz
  • after analogue T.V is switched off and digital T.V is re-stacked.[3]

Frequencies[edit]

700 MHz[edit]

The 700 MHz band is currently used for analogue television and will become operational with 4G in December 2014.

Optus[edit]

According to Gizmodo, Optus is accelerating the prebuild of its 700 MHz network and will switch on the network in early 2015.[4]
Optus announced trials of its 4G 700 MHz network in Darwin and Perth CBDs on July 21, 2014.[5]

Telstra[edit]

In July 2014 Telstra announced a trial of 4G services in the 700 MHz spectrum in Perth, Fremantle, Esperance, Mildura, Mt Isa and Griffith.[6]

1800 MHz[edit]

The 1800 MHz band is currently operated as a 2G and 4G network by Optus, Telstra and Vodafone.

Optus[edit]

Optus has now installed their 4G networks in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne.[7]

Telstra[edit]

Telstra was the first mobile phone network to operate 4G and 2G in the same band. Their 4G network covers capital cities and some regional areas.[8]

Vodafone[edit]

The Vodafone 4G network is now live in selected metro areas of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. It’s also available in other outer metro areas like Wollongong, Gold Coast, Newcastle and Geelong.

2600 MHz[edit]

Optus and Telstra trialed the 2600 MHz frequency in Australia.[9][10]

Optus[edit]

According to Gizmodo the full rollout of the 2600 MHz spectrum network from Optus would “potentially” happen by the end of October 2014.[4]

Telstra[edit]

Telstra announced to use the frequency 2016 for commercial service.[11]

4G Sites (Base Stations)[edit]

Telstra- Telstra currently has 250 4G towers active across Australia. (3500 Base Stations by the end of 2013) [12]

Optus - Operator currently has over 750 4G Towers active across Australia. (1200-1250 Base Stations by the end of 2013)[citation needed]

Vodafone - Operator plans to have 20 4G Base Stations active by 2014.[citation needed]

Information Accurate as of October 2013.

Resellers[edit]

The following mobile virtual network operators offer 4G services in Australia:

Optus subsidiaries and affiliates using Optus's LTE network
Operator Launch date Notes
ACN May 2013 [13] affiliate
Bendigo Bank Telco (?) [14] affiliate
Commander November 2013 [15] affiliate
Exetel October 2012 [16] affiliate
iiNet October 2012 [17] affiliate
Internode July 2013 [18] affiliate
Live Connected April 2013 [19] affiliate
SpinTel (?) [20] affiliate
Startel (?) [21] affiliate
Vaya Mobile April 2013 [22] affiliate
Virgin Mobile Australia September 2012 [23] subsidiary
Yatango Mobile May 2014 [24]

Future Plans[edit]

Optus subsidiaries and affiliates using Optus's LTE network
Operator Launch date Notes
Amaysim TBA/ TBD (planned) [25] affiliate

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maher, William (15 September 2011). "Get ready for the 4G hype machine". PC Authority. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Digital Dividend". Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. Archived from the original on 2010-01-20. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Optus Press Release" (Press release). Optus. 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Optus Sets Launch Dates For 700Mhz And 2500MHz 4G Networks". Gizmodo. 2014-06-18. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  5. ^ "OPTUS IS TURNING ON ITS FIRST COMMERCIAL 700MHZ 4G NETWORK IN DARWIN AND PERTH". Optus. 2014-07-21. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  6. ^ "Telstra launches future of 4G in Perth, Mildura, Griffith and Mt Isa". Telstra. 2014-07-21. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  7. ^ "Optus Sells 4G Services" (Press release). The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  8. ^ http://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phones/coverage-networks/network-information/4g/
  9. ^ "Optus to start 2600MHz LTE trials". itnews. 2014-01-30. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  10. ^ "Telstra notches download speeds of 450Mbps in LTE-A Carrier Aggregation test". TeleGeography. 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  11. ^ "Mobile Update" (pdf). Telestra. 2014-05-26. p. 6. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  12. ^ "Telstra’s 4G coverage races to 19.5 million Australians with 3500th base station switched on". Telstra. 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  13. ^ "ACN's 4G Mobile Coverage". ACN. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  14. ^ "Network Coverage". Bendigo Bank Telco. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  15. ^ "4G Business Plans, 3 New Smartphone Offerings Revealed". Commander. 2013-11-28. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  16. ^ "Exetel launches 4G mobile plans". delimiter. 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  17. ^ "iiNet 4G launch boosts customer choice". iiNet. 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  18. ^ "Internode launches 4G NodeMobile plans". Internode. 2013-07-16. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  19. ^ "Live Connected reveals "sliding" 4G mobile plans". Computerworld. 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  20. ^ "Mobile Broadband". SpinTel. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  21. ^ "Coverage Information". Startel. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  22. ^ "Vaya launches 4G service". cnet. 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  23. ^ "ARE YOU READY FOR SERIOUSLY QUICK MOBILE INTERNET? VIRGIN MOBILE IS." (PDF). Virgin Mobile Australia. 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  24. ^ "4G has arrived at Yatango!". yatango. 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-09-06. 
  25. ^ "4G in Australia: The state of the nation". Computerworld. 2014-03-21. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 

External links[edit]

Information[edit]

All the information here is accurate as of 12 August 2013