4G connectivity in Australia
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. Many Australian networks are currently rolling out 4G networks nationwide.
- 1 Networks
- 2 Frequencies
- 3 4G Sites (Base Stations)
- 4 Resellers
- 5 4G Roaming
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
|Optus||700||28||FDD||10 MHz available 31 December 2014 Currently (as of July '14) operating in Darwin and Perth CBDs.||10 MHz|
|Optus||1800||3||FDD||Currently operating in Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide.||up to 15 MHz|
|Optus||2100||1||FDD||Currently operating in Darwin and Tasmania||up to 20 MHz|
|Optus||2300||40||TDD||First Deployment in Canberra with possible extensions to other capital cities.||up to 98 MHz|
|Optus||2600||7||FDD||As of January 2015- 13 Sites Live Sydney CBD/North Sydney, 5 Sites Live Melbourne CBD.||20 MHz|
|Telstra||700||28||FDD||Trialling with early access granted. License starts 31 December 2014.||20 MHz|
|Telstra||900||8||FDD||Announced 20 February 2014 to broaden scope of 4G network||5 MHz|
|Telstra||1800||3||FDD||Currently operating in Australian capital cities and regional centres||10 to 20 MHz|
|Telstra||2600||7||FDD||Currently operating in selected locations.||40 MHz|
|TPG||2600||7||FDD||Possible deployment from 1 October 2014.||10 MHz|
|Vodafone||850||5||FDD||Rolling out to reach 95% of metro population by the end of 2014, Currently available in parts of Adelaide. 5 MHz for now, alongside WCDMA850.||up to 10 MHz|
|Vodafone||1800||3||FDD||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.
At the end of September 2014, Telstra has opted not to extend combined 900 MHz and 1800 MHz Carrier Aggregation service.
In November 2014, Telstra launched LTE Carrier Aggregation (marketed as 4GX) in parts of Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and ten regional centres (Albany, Ulladulla, Murray Bridge, Narrawallee, Shepparton, Bateman’s Bay, Swansea, Bunbury, Port Macquarie and Chinchilla), bringing to 26 the number of communities with the service. The operator wants to bring "4GX" to at least 50 regional centres by New Year’s Day. Telstra combines 20 MHz of 700 MHz spectrum and 20 MHz of 1.8 GHz spectrum.
The 700 MHz band was previously used for analogue television and became operational with 4G in December 2014.
In July 2014 Telstra announced a trial of 4G services in the 700 MHz spectrum in Perth, Fremantle, Esperance, Mildura, Mt Isa and Griffith. Service launched in November 2014. This band will be the basis for the '4GX' brand.
The 850 MHz band is currently operated as a 3G network by Telstra and Vodafone and as a 4G network by Vodafone.
Vodafone switched the 4G 850 network on in Adelaide on 6 October 2014. By the end of 2014 all other capital cities and some regional centers had access to 4G 850.
The 1800 MHz band is currently operated as a 2G and 4G network by Optus, Telstra and Vodafone.
Optus has now installed their 4G networks in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne.
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.
The Vodafone 4G network was first live in selected metro areas of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane, and the outer metro areas of Wollongong, Gold Coast, Newcastle and Geelong from June 12, 2013. The 1800 MHz network has since been expanded to include all capital cities and major outer metro areas.
Telstra announced to use the frequency 2016 for commercial service.
4G Sites (Base Stations)
Telstra- Telstra currently has 250 4G towers active across Australia. (3500 Base Stations by the end of 2013) 
Optus - Operator currently has over 750 4G Towers active across Australia. (1200-1250 Base Stations by the end of 2013)
Vodafone - Operator plans to have 20 4G Base Stations active by 2014.
Information Accurate as of October 2013.
The following mobile virtual network operators offer 4G services in Australia:
|ACN||May 2013|| affiliate|
|Amaysim||March 2015|| affiliate|
|Bendigo Bank Telco||(?)|| affiliate|
|Commander||November 2013|| affiliate|
|Exetel||October 2012|| affiliate|
|iiNet||October 2012|| affiliate|
|Internode||July 2013|| affiliate|
|Live Connected||April 2013|| affiliate|
|SpinTel||April 2013|| affiliate|
|Vaya Mobile||April 2013|| affiliate|
|Virgin Mobile Australia||September 2012|| subsidiary|
|Yatango Mobile||May 2014|||
- List of LTE networks
- List of mobile network operators of the Asia Pacific region
- List of planned LTE networks
- Telecommunications in Australia
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