blog At Delimiter we’re big fans of Telstra’s 4G mobile network. And with mobile broadband speeds up to 40Mbps, who wouldn’t be? The telco has just launched several flagship handsets on the network — the HTC One XL and the Titan 4G — and now, according to a post on its Exchange blog, it’s hit another milestone. Telstra executive director of Networks & Access Technologies Mike Wright tells us:
“Last week at Telstra we switched on our 1000th 4G site, extending the benefits of LTE technology to Mackay in Queensland. It is phenomenal to think that we have reached this milestone when it was one year ago to the day that we announced that the first 4G LTE base stations had been switched on … When we launched our 4G services in September 2011 we offered a mobile broadband dongle. Nine months on and we offer our customers a full range of 4G enabled products, including four smartphones, an ultra-fast tablet and a wifi hotspot.”
Remember how in May 2011, Optus chief executive Paul O’Sullivan said that Telstra’s launch of 4G services was “just bragging rights” and there was little consumer demand for 4G? Well, considering that Optus is still only trialling 4G services in one small area (Newcastle), Vodafone hasn’t launched any 4G services at all, and Telstra has north of 100,000 real customers on its 4G network and 1,000 base stations located around the country, I’d say that at this point Telstra has a very real right to brag indeed.
Let’s go back to this February 2011 article and consider, for a moment, just how far ahead Telstra is in mobile at this stage. At that time, I wrote:
“Australia’s mobile sector is about to experience a dramatic segregation into two halves: With Telstra’s blisteringly fast and capable network on the one side, and those of Optus and VHA on the other. Telstra is not aiming with its LTE ploy to gain a speed, coverage and capacity advantage on Optus and VHA. It already has that. What the telco is aiming to do with its 4G strategy is advance so far ahead of what the pair have to offer, that there is no point comparing the different networks any more — Telstra’s advantage will be exponential.”
Does that sound about right? I would think so. Bragging rights, indeed.
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