News hit on Monday that Telstra would be rolling out Australia’s first LTE / 4G network by the end of 2011. If you didn’t happen to be there for the announcement, you can now watch CEO David Thodey’s announcement on YouTube.
Some important details of the announcement if you don’t have a spare 6 minutes.
- 50% of all Australians mobile users now have a smart phone
- Mobile data usage is doubling every 12 months
- Telstra’s LTE will run on 1800Mhz spectrum
- Rollout will be primarily in metro areas, some regional centres
- Seemless fall-back to 3G
- Plans have been moved forward after working out how to use 1800Mhz to deliver 4G, rather than waiting for analog TV spectrum to become available in 2013.
This announcement shows Telstra is streets ahead of the competition, investing further in infrastructure. Shortly after the announcement, Vodafone and Optus rushed to say they are also working on 4G, however they’d be best serviced by actually making their existing networks usable.