Vodafone Australia to begin refarming 2100MHz spectrum for 4G in New South Wales

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By: NexTel Australia

July 21, 2019

Vodafone Australia is set to begin boosting its 4G infrastructure across ‘select areas’ of New South Wales, with a view to providing improved services and increased capacity to more than two million subscribers living there. In a press release regarding its planned network development, the cellco noted that the upgrade involves it refarming spectrum in the 2100MHz band, which is currently used for 3G services, for use in the 4G network.

With work in New South Wales scheduled to begin on 18 March, Vodafone Australia’s customers in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are already said to be experiencing the benefits of the newly allocated 4G 2100Mhz spectrum. Looking ahead, meanwhile, similar upgrades in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia are expected to be undertaken ‘throughout 2019’.

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Vodafone Australia’s Chief Technology Officer, Kevin Millroy, said of the project: ‘This upgrade will ensure the 4G network gets a capacity boost, so more of our customers can use their data to stream their favourite content or use social media, while still keeping our 3G network strong. Once the work is complete in each state, we will be delivering even better service to more than 90% of Vodafone’s mobile subscribers across Australian metro areas

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