200 Australian towns will get Telstra 4G for Christmas

Media Release, 18 July 2013
  • Telstra to extend 4G coverage to 85 per cent of Australians by Christmas
  • Holiday towns among 200 towns to get improved service

In response to unprecedented demand from customers for superfast mobile services, Telstra will extend 4G coverage to a further 200 regional towns across Australia in the next six months, including towns such as Batemans Bay (NSW), Colac (VIC), Biloela (QLD), Berri (SA), Margaret River (WA) and Latrobe (TAS).

Telstra Chief Operations Officer, Brendon Riley said the roll out program will take Telstra’s 4G coverage to 85 per cent of the population by Christmas this year, up from 66 per cent at the end of June.

“Each week, large numbers of customers are choosing a Telstra 4G mobile device to enjoy the superfast speeds that our network offers. We want to make that experience available to even more customers in more places across Australia,” Mr Riley said.

“Last August, we committed to extending our 4G coverage to 66 per cent of Australians by June 30. Having met that target, we are now committing to have superfast services in place for 85 per cent of the population by the end of the year by upgrading another 1500 base stations before Christmas.

“We already offer 4G services in approximately 100 regional locations and this new expansion will take 4G services to more than 200 new towns and increase our capital city footprint across many more suburbs,” Mr Riley said.

By June 30, Telstra:

  • Made 4G services available to 66 per cent of the Australian population;
  • Deployed more than 2000 4G base stations making services available in every capital city and many surrounding metropolitan suburbs, and more than 100 Australian regional areas;
  • Had 20MHz of contiguous spectrum in the 1800MHz band in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and 15MHz in Sydney and Melbourne;
  • Launched more than 30 4G mobile phones, tablets and data devices.

By Christmas this year, Telstra plans to:

  • Make 4G available in more than 300 towns across Australia, including many popular holiday hotspots;
  • Deploy 4G equipment to more than 3500 base stations

Telstra Mobile Executive Director Warwick Bray said Telstra grew its range of 4G devices in response to extraordinary customer demand for 4G services.

“Since 4G was introduced in 2011 we launched 33 4G devices, with 27 of those still currently available. This is the most extensive range of 4G devices of any carrier in Australia,” Mr Bray said.

“Our customers have a wide choice of pre and post paid smartphones, tablets and data devices, and we continue to collaborate with device manufacturers around the world to ensure we can give our customers a great range of 4G devices now and into the future.

“We will continue to offer Australians the most extensive and technically advanced 4G coverage in this country. This is important as we continue to manage capacity in our network and build out wireless services for the future,” Mr Bray said.

As well as providing new regional areas with 4G coverage, Telstra will continue to expand its existing footprint with a number of large regional cities including Newcastle and Wollongong in NSW and Bundaberg and Cairns in Queensland soon to have additional coverage. The expansion of Telstra’s 4G network in each capital city will also continue.

Editor’s Note

Some of the 200 new towns to receive new Telstra 4G coverage by Christmas 2013 include:

New South Wales
Ballina, Batemans Bay, Grafton, Kiama, Muswellbrook, Nelson Bay – Corlette, Ulladulla, Casino, Leeton, Merimbula, Moree, Mudgee, Murwillumbah, Narrabri and Yamba.

Colac, Sale, Healesville, Kilmore, Lakes Entrance, Stawell.

Bargara – Innes Park, Dalby, Beaudesert, Biloela, Charters Towers, Goondiwindi, Gordonvale, Innisfail, Kingaroy.

South Australia
Strathalbyn, Berri, Kadina, Kapunda, Loxton, Wallaroo

Western Australia
Ellenbrook, Collie, Margaret River, Northam, Denmark, Donnybrook, Dunsborough, Manjimup