Vodafone might have its 850MHz 4G+ service and Optus may well have 4G delivered on 700MHz, as well as some LTE-A using 2300MHz spectrum in parts of four capital cities, but Telstra has Australia’s largest rollout of superfast LTE-A (LTE Advanced) which Telstra calls 4GX - (see full details here).
This rollout is being put on steroids in 2015, starting with tomorrow’s (2 January 2015) of 600 new towns and suburbs to get the 4GX service which delivering LTE-A by using both 700MHz and 1800Mhz 4G spectrum using ‘carrier aggregation’ to deliver superfast mobile broadband to compatible LTE-A devices.
Telstra says that ‘almost all of this summer’s most sought-after smartphones, tablets and mobile broadband devices including Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPad Air 2 are 4GX ready’ - so if you have a modern smartphone, and you’re on Telstra, you may indeed already be 4GX ‘ready to go’.
This switch on of 600 new towns and suburbs will be Telstra’s largest activation of 4GX sites to date, bringing the total number of ‘towns and suburbs’ reached to over 1000, which Telstra says ‘is part of its wider national rollout program’, meaning plenty more 4GX coverage still to come.
Telstra Group MD of Networks, Mike Wright, who by virtue of his name is made of the wright stuff, noted that ‘the build and switch on of 4GX services is ahead of schedule, with customers in the new coverage areas with compatible devices, instantly picking up the new signal and enjoying faster speeds and improved coverage.’
Wright rightly and specifically stated that: “No one builds mobile networks like Telstra, with the rollout of 4GX services ahead of schedule, reaching as many customers as possible, as soon as possible.
“What we have seen from the early rollout of 4GX is that around 20% to 30% of 4G traffic a 4GX area seamlessly moves to the new 4GX service, offering customers with 4GX compatible devices typical download speeds never before seen in Australia.
“But is also has wider network benefits, with traditional 4G services freed up to also help manage the ever growing demand for data. This means our customers can enjoy more of what they love - be it video, social media or the internet – in more places, with less buffering.”
Telstra says ‘The wide scale switch on of 4GX services comes as the use of 4G services overtakes the demand for 3G services and as Telstra expands its 4G reach.’
Mr Wright writes in Telstra’s media release that: “With the rise of connected devices there is an ongoing and insatiable demand for data across our networks, with 4G services now carrying the bulk of this traffic. In order to manage this demand, we are always expanding and upgrading our network.
“Telstra continues to have the largest 4G coverage area in Australia, and tomorrow it will reach 90% of the Australian population, almost a month ahead of schedule. And we are not stopping there as work is underway to bring 4G services to 94% of the Australian population by the middle of this year.”
Telstra says its 4GX rollout ‘will continue across 2015’.
For those wanting a few technical details, those with Category 6 (Cat 6) LTE-A devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge, Huawei Mate 7 and others will be able to reach ‘typical download speeds of between 2Mbps and 100Mbps’ on Telstra’s 4GX network.
Those with Category 4 (Cat 4) devices (such as the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus) ‘can enjoy typical download speeds of between 2Mbps to 75Mbps.’
Thanks to the 700MHz frequency, Telstra says ‘4GX will boost in-building coverage for 4G services bringing speedy mobile web access to more offices, bedrooms and lifts. And in regional areas, 4GX can go further than Telstra’s existing 4G frequencies creating better 4G coverage.’
This is very similar to the way Telstra’s 850MHz Next G (3G) service delivered better in-building coverage due to a lower frequency that better penetrates buildings and goes longer distances.
Telstra also notes that ‘4GX will double Telstra’s 4G bandwidth allowing people to enjoy their favourite content with fewer slowdowns even in peak hour or in crowded places like at the shops or on the bus.’
Here’s the list of Telstra’s ‘new 4GX Coverage locations from 2 January 2015:
Canberra: Kinlyside, Ainslie, Lyneham, Dickson, Downer, Hackett, Bruce, Belconnen, Kingston, Fyshwick, Symonston, Narrabundah, Red Hill, O'Connor, Giralang, Yarralumla, Deakin, Barton, Campbell, Parkes, Acton, Capital Hill, Pialligo, Forrest, Turner, Braddon, Canberra CBD, Reid, Banks, Charnwood, Dunlop, Evatt, Florey, Flynn, Fraser, Hall, Latham, Melba, Page, Scullin, Spence, Lawson, McKellar, Bonython, Chisholm, Gordon, Gowrie, Greenway, Isabella Plains, Monash, Richardson, Russell, Watson, Chisholm
Cooma: Polo Flat
Forster Tuncurry: Tuncurry
Maitland: Windermere, Aberglasslyn, Anambah, Bolwarra, Gosforth, Lorn, Melville, Mount Dee, Oakhampton, Rutherford, Telarah, Windella, Horseshoe Bend, Morpeth, Oswald, Raworth, Beresfield, Metford, Pitnacree, Maitland, South Maitland
Milton Ulladulla: Mollymook, Mollymook Beach
Mittagong: Aylmerton, Braemar
Narellan: Oran Park
Newcastle: The Junction, Wickham, Georgetown, The Hill, Bar Beach, Hamilton East, Tarro, Cooks Hill, Broadmeadow, Hamilton, Tighes Hill, Hamilton North, Islington, Maryville, Mayfield East, Waratah, Newcastle CBD, Hamilton South, Newcastle West, Mayfield North, Newcastle East, Stockton
Queanbeyan: Queanbeyan West
Shoalhaven: Shoalhaven Heads
Singleton: Hambledon Hill, Gouldsville, Mount Thorley
Sydney: Alexandria, Barangaroo, Darlinghurst, Dawes Point, Eveleigh, Forest Lodge, Haymarket, Millers Point, Pyrmont, Rosebery, Ultimo, Edgecliff, McGraths Hill, Pitt Town, Pitt Town Bottoms, Vineyard, Glebe, Dulwich Hill, Birchgrove, Double Bay, Lewisham, Lidcombe, Newtown, Petersham, Rozelle, St Peters, Stanmore, Sydenham, Ashcroft, Cartwright, Hammondville, Hoxton Park, Lurnea, Macquarie Links, Miller, Sadleir, Wattle Grove, Annandale, Clontarf, Cremorne, Cremorne Point, Mosman, Cammeray, Mount Druitt, North St Marys, Rooty Hill, Tregear, Whalan, Oxley Park, Artarmon, Crows Nest, Greenwich, Lavender Bay, McMahons Point, Naremburn, Neutral Bay, North Sydney, Northwood, St Leonards, Waverton, Willoughby, Wollstonecraft, Woolwich, Auburn, Camellia, Constitution Hill, Granville, Harris Park, Holroyd, Mays Hill, Merrylands, North Parramatta, Oatlands, Parramatta, Pemulwuy, Pendle Hill, Rosehill, Rydalmere, South Granville, South Wentworthville, Telopea, Westmead, Daceyville, Eastlakes, Kensington, Caringbah South, Maianbar, Yowie Bay, Watsons Bay, Waverley, Woollahra, Woolloomooloo, Bellevue Hill, Bondi Beach, Bondi Junction, Bronte, Centennial Park, Darling Point, Elizabeth Bay, Moore Park, North Bondi, Paddington, Point Piper, Potts Point, Queens Park, Redfern, Rose Bay, Tamarama, Vaucluse
Tamworth: Gidley, Taminda, Wallamore
Wollongong: Port Kembla
Ayr: Home Hill
Brisbane: Browns Plains, Heritage Park, Meadowbrook, Munruben, Park Ridge, Park Ridge South, Regents Park, Shailer Park, South Brisbane, Ashgrove, Auchenflower, Boondall, Camp Mountain, Chelmer, Clayfield, Draper, Eagle Farm, Ferny Grove, Fitzgibbon, Fortitude Valley, Gaythorne, Gordon Park, Grange, Hamilton, Hendra, Herston, Indooroopilly, Lutwyche, Margate, Milton, Mitchelton, Newmarket, Newstead, Northgate, Paddington, Petrie Terrace, Pinkenba, Redcliffe, Samford Valley, Samford Village, Spring Hill, St Lucia, Taigum, Taringa, Toowong, Wights Mountain, Wilston, Windsor, Wooloowin, Zillmere, Annerley, Dutton Park,Fairfield, Highgate Hill, Tennyson, Woolloongabba, Yeerongpilly, Yeronga, Alexandra, Kangaroo Point, Craignish, Nundah, Karragarra Island, Lamb Island, Macleay Island, Balmoral, Bulimba, Coorparoo, East Brisbane, Greenslopes, Hawthorne, Morningside, Norman Park, Oxley, Seventeen Mile Rocks, Sinnamon Park, Cordina, Graceville
Bundaberg: Kensington, Rubyanna
Central Queensland: Tieri
Gladstone: Barney Point, Gladstone Central
Gold Coast: Broadbeach, Broadbeach Waters, Mermaid Beach, Mermaid Waters, Maclean, Surfers Paradise, Wilsons Plains
Goondi: Goondi, Goondi Bend, Goondi Hill Gympie: Victory Heights, Banks Pocket, Araluen
Hervey Bay: Beelbi Creek, Dundowran, Eli Waters, Toogoom
Innisfail: Belvedere, Cullinane, Hudson, Mighell, Mundoo, O'Briens Hill, Coolana, Harrisville, Lowood, Rifle Range, Tarampa, Wivenhoe Pocket
Mt Isa: Happy Valley, Healy, Kalkadoon, Lanskey, Menzies, Mica Creek, Miles End, Mornington, Parkside, ,Pioneer, Ryan, Soldiers Hill ,Sunset ,Town View, Winston
Rockhampton: Bangalee, Berserker, Frenchville, Koongal, Lammermoor, Park Avenue, Wandal
Sunshine Coast: Alexandra Headland, Sunshine Coast Regional Districts, Twin Waters, Minyama, Mountain Creek, Buddina, Marcoola ,Pacific Paradise, Point Arkwright, Valdora, Parrearra, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, West Woombye, Sunrise Beach
Toowoomba: Blue Mountain Heights, College View, Crowley Vale, East Toowoomba, Lawes, Mount Kynoch, Postmans Ridge, Prince Henry Heights, Rangeville, Redwood, Rockville, South Toowoomba, Spring Bluff, Toowoomba, Withcott
Townsville: Castle Hill, Cluden, Condon, Gulliver, Heatley, Kirwan, Mount Louisa, Rasmussen, Thuringowa Central, Vincent
Albury Wodonga: Albury, East Albury, Lavington, North Albury, West Albury, South Albury
Ballarat: Alfredton, Bakery Hill, Ballarat, Ballarat East, Ballarat North, Black Hill, Bonshaw, Cambrian Hill, Canadian, Delacombe, Eureka, Golden Point, Invermay Park, Lake Gardens, Lake Wendouree, Magpie, Mount Clear, Mount Pleasant, Newington, Redan, Sebastopol, Soldiers Hill, Wendouree
Bendigo: Flora Hill, Golden Gully, Golden Square, Kangaroo Flat, North Bendigo, Quarry Hill, Spring Gully
Berwick: Cora Lynn, Garfield, Tynong, Vervale, Burnewang
Campaspe: Carag Carag, Colbinabbin, Corop
Eastern Melbourne: Derrimut
Geelong: Bell Park, Belmont, Breakwater, Drumcondra, East Geelong, Geelong CBD, Geelong West, Manifolds Heights, Marshall, Moolap, Newcomb, Norlane, North Geelong, Rippleside, South Geelong, St Albans Park, Whittington
Kyneton: Woodend North
Melbourne: Narre Warren North, Ardeer, Albert Park, Balaclava, Caulfield North, Elsternwick, Elwood, Middle Park, Port Melbourne, Ripponlea, South Melbourne, St Kilda, St Kilda East, Bangholme, Frankston, Skye, Newport, Wandin North, Footscray, Seddon, Spotswood, West Footscray, Yarraville, Kingsville, South Kingsville ,Williamstown North, Abbotsford, Carlton, Carlton North, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, East Melbourne, Fitzroy, Fitzroy North, Parkville, Princes Hill, Richmond, Southbank, West Melbourne, Aberfeldie, Ascot Vale, Flemington, Kensington, Moonee Ponds, Travancore, Braeside, Melbourne Airport, Aspendale Gardens, Bonbeach, Chelsea, Chelsea Heights, Edithvale, Waterways, Brunswick, Brunswick East, Brunswick West, Bittern, Boneo, Crib Point, McCrae, Merricks Beach, Rosebud, Rosebud West, Sorrento, Heatherton, Moorabbin Airport, Alphington, Fairfield, Northcote, Kew, Hawthorn, Hawthorn East, Armadale, Burnley, Kooyong, Malvern, Prahran, South Yarra, Toorak, Windsor, Albion, Cairnlea, Clarinda, Mernda
Hobart: Austins Ferry, Barretta, Battery Point, Bellerive, Chigwell, Claremont, Dennes Point, Dowsing Point, Dynnyrne, Electrona, Flowerpot, Gagebrook, Glenorchy, Howden, Howrah, Huntingfield, Killora, Lawitta, Leslie Vale, Lindisfarne, Montrose, Mornington, Mount Nelson, Mount Stuart, New Norfolk, Oakdowns, Old Beach, Opossum Bay, Otago, Rosetta, Rosny, Rosny Park, Sandy Bay, Tinderbox, Tolmans Hill, Tranmere, West Moonah
Launceston: Blackwall, East Launceston, Invermay, Launceston, Mayfield, Mowbray, Newnham, Newstead, Norwood, Prospect, Prospect Vale, Ravenswood, South Launceston, Youngtown
Devonport: Ambleside, Miandetta, South Spreyton, Spreyton, Tarleton
Alice Springs: Alice Springs
Darwin: Bakewell, Bayview, Bellamack, Coolalinga, Darwin International Airport, Driver, Durack, East Side, Fannie Bay, Gray, Hughes, Larrakeyah, Leanyer, Muirhead, Parap, Pinelands, Sadadeen, Stuart Park, The Gap, The Gardens, Tivendale, Uralla, Winnellie, Wishart, Wulagi
Adelaide: Collinswood, Gilberton, Walkerville, St Morris, Trinity Gardens, Evandale, Marden, Glynde, Felixstow, Payneham, Payneham South, Firle, Tranmere, Magill, Wayville, Everard Park, Black Forest, Frewville, Parkside, Eastwood, Glenunga, Toorak Gardens, Glenside, Linden Park, Stonyfell, Beaumont, Rose Park, Beulah Park, Kent Town, Heathpool, Kensington, College Park, Hackney, Joslin, Royston Park, Auldana, Rosslyn Park, Dulwich, St Peters, Clarence Park, Ashford, Glandore, Kurralta Park, North Plympton, Plympton, Mitcham, Lynton, Torrens Park, Para Hills West, Parafield, Evanston, Evanston Gardens, Evanston Park, Elizabeth, North Adelaide, Elizabeth East, Para Hills, Glanville, Birkenhead, Peterhead, Exeter, Moana, Seaford Rise, Sellicks Beach, Hindmarsh, Thebarton, Torrensville
Coober Pedy: Thevenard
Murray Bridge: Mobilong Port
Port Pirie: Port Pirie South, Risdon Park
Riverlands: Golden Heights, Holder, Ramco, Ramco Heights, Waikerie
The Barossa: Gawler West, Reid, Tanunda, Bethany, Vine Vale, Light Pass
Whyalla: Whyalla Playford, Mullaquana, Whyalla Norrie, Kimba
Yorke Peninsula: Kooroona, Moonta, Moonta Bay, North Moonta, Port Hughes
Albany: Centennial Park, Frenchman Bay, Lange, Lockyer, Milpara, Mira Mar, Orana, Walmsley, Collingwood Heights, Spencer Park, Yakama, Vancouver Peninsula
Busselton: Geographe, Reinscourt
Kalgoorlie: Somerville, South Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie, Piccadilly, West Lamington, Boulder, Victory Heights
Mandurah: Parklands, Greenfields, Coodanup, Dudley Park
Perth: Gingin, Maylands, Bedford, Inglewood, Mt Hawthorn, Highgate, East Perth, North Perth, Coolbinia, Menora, Mt Lawley, Glendalough, Osborne Park, Herdsman, Churchlands, Tuart Hill, Joondanna, Yokine, West Perth, Kings Park, West Leederville, Leederville, Shenton Park, Daglish, Crawley, Nedlands, Claremont, Mt Claremont, Karrakatta, Mount Clarence, Wembley, Jolimont
Perth South: Oldbury, Applecross, Mt Pleasant, Casuarina, Mandogalup, Postans, Wandi, Anketell, The Spectacles
Southern Perth: Lathlain, Victoria Park, Burswood, East Victoria Park, Rivervale, Redcliffe, Ascot, Kensington, Como, Karawara