Telstra and Optus rolling out 700 MHz 4G mobile services in Perth, Darwin, Esperance, Mildura, Griffith and Mt Isa

Telstra and Optus rolling out 700 MHz 4G mobile services in Perth, Darwin, Esperance, Mildura, Griffith and Mt Isa

Optus and Telstra have announced they will conduct commercial trials of 4G services using the 700 MHz spectrum, freed up by the switch from analogue TV services to digital.

In its statement, Optus says it will roll out its initial trial in the Darwin and Perth CBDs for users of compatible devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) before January 2015.

The carrier will then begin a wider rollout covering “around 200 holiday destinations and new regional locations” from January 2015.

In a separate statement, Telstra said it will roll out a trial to cover Perth, Fremantle and Griffith in the coming weeks, rolling out to Esperance, Mildura and Mt Isa in January 2015.

In May of last year, the federal government auctioned off 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz band licences, which had previously been used for analogue VHF and UHF television services.

The additional frequencies mean the carriers will have extra capacity on their networks to add high-speed 4G services, with the lower frequencies offering better penetration into buildings, lifts and car parks.

You can help us (and help yourself)

Small and medium businesses and startups have never needed credible, independent journalism and information more than now.

That’s our job at SmartCompany: to keep you informed with the news, interviews and analysis you need to manage your way through this unprecedented crisis.

Now, there’s a way you can help us keep doing this: by becoming a SmartCompany supporter.

Even a small contribution will help us to keep doing the journalism that keeps Australia’s entrepreneurs informed.

Trending

COMMENTS

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments