Vodafone brings more spectrum into play to boost 4G network

By Supratim Adhikari

Meanwhile, Telstra is set to conduct trials using 20MHz of the 700MHz spectrum band at six locations, ahead of rolling out more 4G 700MHz services in a range of cities and regional centres from January 2015 when the 700MHz spectrum becomes nationally available for commercial use.

However, Vodafone Australia chief technology officer Benoit Hanssen says there are currently only a few in-market handsets that can be used on the 700MHz band, while the majority of available 4G smartphones and tablets are designed to work on the 850MHz spectrum, which Vodafone plans to use.

Earlier this month, Optus managed to get early access to the 700MHz spectrum when the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) gave the operator the green light to turn on its first commercial 4G 700MHz pilot in the Darwin and Perth CBDs.

Both Telstra and Optus currently offer a range of 4G devices that are compatible with the new 700MHz spectrum, including the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5, as well as one 4G advanced mobile broadband device.

Vodafone is looking to leverage the 850MHz spectrum it holds to boost its 4G network, to ensure that its rivals Telstra and Optus don’t get a leg up in the evolving 4G race in the country.

The announcement comes as Telstra and Optus get ready to switch on commercial trials of 4G services on the 700MHz spectrum.

According to Vodafone, the re-farming will create a 4G coverage layer to complement its existing high-band 4G network, which uses the 1800MHz spectrum band.

Read more here: Business Spectator


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