Telstra has announced the official rollout of the next generation 4G services on their network in Australia dubbed “4GX”.
The network will be using parts of the reallocated frequencies purchased from the government following the switchover to digital television and will go live officially across Australia on January 1 2015 in 50 regional locations.
The new 4GX service is theoretically capable of double the speeds of the current 4G offerings in Australia, by using a lower frequency (700Mhz instead of 1800Mhz) and is capable of reaching further distances than currently possible, which will also provide better in building coverage.
Test sites already switched on include parts of Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin, Perth, Hobart & Brisbane plus regional centres of Albany, Ulladulla, Murray Bridge, Narrawallee, Shepparton, Bateman’s Bay, Swansea, Bunbury, Port Macquarie, and Chinchilla.
As with previous rollouts, there are limited devices that are currently capable of using the network, but those who have purchased modern phones this year will be able to take advantage of the network update.
These handsets and devices include Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), LG G3, HTC Desire 610, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced Pro X (Netgear Aircard 782S), Telstra 4G My Pocket Ultimate Wi-Fi (Netgear Aircard 785S), Telstra 4G My Pocket Plus (Netgear Aircard 785S), Alcatel Pop S3, Kogan Agora 4G.
Rival telco Optus has also announced their plans for a network rollout using similar technologies but have not provided a date at this stage.