Wednesday, 17 November 2010 17:06

Vodafone beefs up 3G network backbone

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Vodafone is promising its customers improved network performance as a result of an upgrade to its 3G network.


Last month, Vodafone Hutchinson Australia (VHA) announced a major expansion of its 3G network alongside the shutdown of the network shared by Hutchison (3) and Telstra.

The company today announced the rollout of increased transmission capacity across its network over the next two years. According to company officials, this will improve "network performance and customer experience by bringing significant bandwidth to support high data use at a lower cost."

They noted that the new capacity is "complementary to the NBN".

VHA is also planning a new 850MHz network, 1400 new 3G sites, and trials of technologies including femtocells (very small base stations intended to serve individual premises) and LTE.

At least part of the increased transmission capacity will be provided by Nextgen Networks.

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Nextgen, which already provides connectivity to Vodafone, will provide links to additional sites in Perth and Adelaide, and to more than 50 regional locations.

Phil Sykes, managing director at Nextgen, said "Nextgen is delighted to be able to play such an important role in the supply of mobile broadband backhaul services to regional locations across Australia."

Nextgen operates a significant fibre network around Australia, and is currently rolling out fibre for the Commonwealth Government under the NBN Regional Broadband Blackspots Program.

 


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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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