With Australia’s Telstra celebrating the two year anniversary of the launch of its LTE network, the country’s leading cellco by subscribers has revealed that more than 3.2 million 4G devices are now operating over its infrastructure. In announcing the details of uptake for its 4G services, Telstra’s group executive director for Telstra Mobile and Wireline, Warwick Bray, noted that the total included more than 360,000 smartphones that had been connected since 30 June 2013. Further, the executive outlined Telstra’s commitment to offering a wide range of products and services as a key factor in the strong demand for its LTE offerings, noting: ‘Telstra has launched 15 new 4G devices since January. Last week we launched Australia’s first shared data plans, where customers can share their monthly mobile data allowance between their devices – including tablets and laptops – all in one package … This follows our announcement last month that we would cut the cost of our international roaming PAYG data rates by 80% as well as give our customers purchasing our international data packs five times more data. From next week, our customers will have access to one of the cheapest and most flexible international data roaming offers in the market.’
Meanwhile, with regards to its infrastructure, Telstra’s executive director for networks Mike Wright said that the cellco had switched on its 2,500th 4G base station in Young, New South Wales to mark the anniversary. ‘We currently have more than 100 construction teams across the country building out our 4G network at a rate of up to 100 new sites per week,’ Mr Wright said, adding ‘We will switch on another 1000 4G base stations by Christmas 2013 which will take 4G to 85% of the population, including 300 regional towns and holiday hotspots.’ Coupled with the expansion of its network footprint, Telstra has also noted its efforts in boosting speeds further. To that end, it has said that as a result of ‘expanded spectrum and network capabilities’ it has amended the typical downlink rates offered over its 4G network from between 2Mbps and 40Mbps to between 2Mbps and 50Mbps.