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Australia - Mobile Broadband - HSPA and LTE

Australia - Mobile Broadband - HSPA and LTE

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.

Key developments:

HSPA, spectrum, 4G, LTE, WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA, multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO), TD-LTE, Optus launches TD-LTE service in several cities, Vodafone launches LTE; iiNet initiates LTE mobile plans; government encourages public engagement through mobile platform; market developments to September 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
2.2.4 Other players
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 HSPA network
3.3.3 LTE 1800MHz
3.3.4 Vodafone gets 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 HSPA
4.5 Will LTE steal the broadband revolution?
5. Mobile broadband
5.1 Applications overview
5.2 Government moving to mobile engagement
6. Related reports
Table 1 Average 3G mobile broadband speed data in Australia 2008 - 2014
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 - 2014
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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