In a nutshell, faster downloads and internet browsing, better in-building coverage, and expansion of services in regional and remote locations.
Allocation of the new 700 MHz band is one of the key solutions towards meeting the mobile data explosion. This band was previously used by analogue TV broadcasts, but has now been re-allocated to deal with our ever expanding need for mobile services and data.
After spending up big to access this newly available bandwidth – $100 million by Telstra “4GX” and $650 million by Optus “4G in more places” – and with most licences coming into effect 31 December 2014, there has been a massive rollout by these operators. January 2015 saw Telstra expanding to over 1000 sites with Optus looking at an increase of over 270 sites.
But currently only a small fraction of devices on sale in Australia support the new 700Mhz frequencies and it’s a happy new year for those owning the iPhone 6 + 6 plus, HTC One (M8), Sony Xperia Z3 and Samsung Galaxy S5.
Check below for a summary of new sites from your provider where you can expect quicker and more reliable services:
Telstra is rolling out to:
WA: Perth CBD, Fremantle, Esperance, Albany, Waroona, Denmark, Bunbury, Port Hedland, South Headland
NSW: Griffith, Sydney, Yamba, Bateman’s Bay, Narrawallee, Ulladulla, Port Macquarie, Byron Bay, Wagga Wagga, Wyalong, Tamworth, Brunswick Heads, Wauchope, Kempsey, Merimbula
VIC: Mildura, Tatura, Melbourne CBD, Bendigo, Apollo Bay, Shepparton, Bright, Mornington Peninsula, Lorne,
QLD: Mt Isa, Sarina, Bundaberg, Julago, Townsville, Brisbane, Charters Towers, Rockhampton, Roma, Chinchilla, Goondiwindi, Miles
SA: Adelaide, Murray Bridge, Mount Gambier
NT: Darwin, Darwin Palmerston, Tennant Creek
TAS: Hobart, Swansea, Coles Bay,
Keep an eye on Telstra coverage updates here: https://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phones/coverage-networks/our-coverage/
Optus is rolling out to:
NSW: Parts of the Sydney CBD, Chatswood and Eastern Suburbs
QLD: Brisbane CBD, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts
SA: Adelaide CBD
VIC: Melbourne CBD, Geelong, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula
TAS: Hobart CBD
WA: Perth CBD, Claremont and Cottesloe
Keep an eye on Optus coverage updates here: https://www.optus.com.au/network/mobile/coverage