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Australia - Mobile Broadband - HSPA and LTE


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In mid-2013 there are around three million 4G devices active on the two LTE networks that are provided by Optus and Telstra. When the third Mobile Network Operator (MNO), Vodafone, activates its 4G network many more tens of thousands of users will be able to access 4G services. As more and more mobile broadband connections come into use in Australia the contention ratios of 3G and 4G services will also continue to rise.

There are now more than 12 million Facebook users in Australia and many are users of data intensive graphics as they share these images and files across the networks. So at times the networks become data saturated with the MNOs continually chasing the data explosion with added capabilities in an effort to reduce their overall costings.

Australia - Mobile Broadband - HSPA and LTE provides some background information on the technologies, commentary and analysis of the major high-speed packet access networks in Australia, and considers the prospects for operators as they move towards deploying long-term evolution past the trial basis. We also provide some statistics on data throughput on the various networks throughout the text and in easy-to-read chart formats.

Key developments:

HSPA, spectrum, 4G, LTE, WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA, multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO), TD-LTE, Optus launches TD-LTE service in Canberra, market developments to May 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

VHA, Vodafone, 3, Optus, Huawei, Telstra, vividwireless, Ericsson, EnergyAustralia, SingTel, Unwired.


1. Synopsis
2. High-speed mobile networks
2.1 High-speed packet access (HSPA)
2.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
2.2.1 Background information
2.2.2 Telstra LTE services
2.2.3 Statistical look at 4G mobile broadband speeds
3. Australian mobile broadband operators
3.1 Optus
3.1.1 Overview
3.1.2 Co-sharing sees network expansion
3.1.3 LTE solutions
3.1.4 LTE-TDD network and TDD/FDD-LTE network rollouts
3.1.5 Unwired and Vividwireless
3.2 Telstra
3.2.1 Network overview
3.2.2 Network speed, coverage and services
3.2.3 Telstra 3G HSPA
3.2.4 Telstra 4G LTE
3.2.5 Mobile broadband on the 4G network
3.3 Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA)
3.3.1 Background
3.3.2 HSDPA network
3.3.3 LTE 1800MHz
3.3.4 Vodafone get further rural network expansion
3.3.5 Network contracts
4. Mobile broadband market
4.1 Overview and analysis
4.2 Data growth
4.3 Mobile industry gets some spectrum certainty
4.4 Neutral broadband connections for HSDPA
4.5 Will LTE steal the broadband revolution?
5. Mobile broadband
5.1 Applications overview
6. Related reports
Table 1 – Average 3G mobile broadband speed data in Australia – 2008 - 2013
Table 2 – Telstra 4G / LTE devices – voice versus mobile broadband – 2011 - 2013
Table 3 – Average 4G mobile broadband speed data in Australia – 2010 - 2013
Chart 1 – Overview of average 3G mobile broadband speeds – 2008 - 2013
Chart 2 – Overview of Telstra 4G / LTE devices – voice versus mobile broadband – 2011 - 2013
Chart 3 – Overview of average 4G mobile broadband speeds – 2010 - 2013
Exhibit 1 – Overview of past frequency division duplex (FDD) and TD-LTE trials
Exhibit 2 – Key issues for mobility industry

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