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.
This report 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.
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