Vodafone turns on 4G LTE pipeline in Australia, promises speeds up to 100Mbps

Vodafone turns on 4G LTE pipeline in Australia, promises speeds up to 100Mbps
Vodafone Australia turned on its 4G LTE pipeline on Tuesday. Customers in cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Newcastle and Wollongong in Australia using a 4G LTE enabled handset are seeing data speeds as fast as 100Mbps. Current Vodafone customers with models like the HTC One or the Apple iPhone 5 that are 4G enabled will be able to use the service at first, while customers of other carriers that want to switch to Vodafone for 4G will have to wait until July to sign up.

Without any congestion during testing of the network, Vodafone did achieve 100Mbps speed in tests. However, once the pipelines become filled with subscribers, the speed should drop off from that peak. The carrier also has two lots of 20MHz contiguous spectrum in the 1800MHz band which allows it to offer faster data speeds than the competition.

Vodafone Australia has lost 1.5 million subscribers since 2010 thanks to issues with its network and customer service. Now, it allows a newly signed customer to break a new contract if he or she isn't happy with the service in the first 30 days. It has also spent $1 billion AU ($947 million USD) on overhauling its network.

source: ZDNet via TechRadar


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