Telstra continues with billion dollar 4G plan

4G coverage to include 100 regional and suburban locations

Telstra has reached a milestone in its billion dollar 4G expansion program, switching on its 1500th 4G base station.

Telstra is aiming to cover 66 per cent of Australia’s population by the end of June, an increase from 40 per cent at the beginning of this calendar year. Its first 4G site was activated in May 2011.

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“The program is now running at pace and is on target – our technicians are now installing literally dozens of 4G base stations each and every week,” Mike Wright, Telstra’s networks executive director, said in a statement.

He said Telstra will install more than 2000 base stations by the end of the financial year, with 4G coverage to include 100 regional and suburban locations.

Optus launched a faster version of LTE in Canberra on Monday, but so far there is no mobile handset support for the technology.

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