In mid-2013 there are around three million 4G devices active on the two LTE networks operated by Optus and Telstra. The third Mobile Network Operator (MNO), Vodafone, activated its 4G network in mid-year in a number of markets, which should see a boost to competition in the areas affective. Given Vodafone’s 1800MHz assets the company is spruiking the potential fast data downloads available on its network. As service improve in coverage and capability we will see an increasing number of 3G subscribers migrate to 4G services.
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 a range of mobile technologies, as well as commentary and analysis the networks in Australia. It also assesses the prospects for operators as they extend their LTE deployments beyond the major urban areas. We also provide key statistics on data throughput on networks.
HSPA, spectrum, 4G, LTE, WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA, multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO), TD-LTE, Optus launches TD-LTE service in Canberra, Vodafone launches LTE in several markets; government encourages public engagement through mobile platform; market developments to May 2013.