4G networks are a great way to both take pressure of existing 3G networks, while delivering the super fast speeds upload and download speeds that 4G uniquely offers among wireless networks – and especially to those not yet lucky enough to live in NBN-enabled territory.
With erstwhile Broadband Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy already having delayed the 4G auctions until next year, and with Telstra and Optus already having made 4G investments – and ready to make more – both telcos are hoping to persuade Australia’s federal government to allow new 4G services on the 700MHz spectrum well before the planned 2015 timeframe.
They also want it certainly no later than the start of 2015, rather than creeping well into a 2015 timeframe – with cities such as Canberra already having switched off analogue TV services and thus having no impediment to a 700MHz 4G network – if only Federal Government and ACMA were to allow it.
News Ltd newspaper “The Australian” has more details of the various telco requests, including the fact that Vodafone, whose own 4G network isn’t due to commence until 2014, isn’t as anxious at Telstra and Optus seem to be in wanting earlier 700MHz 4G access.
Meanwhile, Lifehacker has an excellent direct Telstra vs Optus 4G speed test comparison in the Hunter region including Newcastle, showing both 4G networks in a very positive, high speed light.
Australia certainly has a fantastic 4G future, along with an LTE-Advanced 4.5G future also to come.
Couple that with the wired broadband 1Gbps wonder that is the fibre-based National Broadband Network or NBN, Australia’s telecommunications and high speed Internet future is assured.
And yes, I’m sure that’s even if a future Coalition Government seeks to build at least parts of the wired NBN in a more cost effective way, as not even the Coalition in 2012 or 2013 and beyond, can deny all Australians who have the need, the need for 4G, 4.5G and fibre and wireless NBN speed.