blog Those of you who follow such things will be aware that Vodafone is currently blanketing Australia with advertisements telling all and sundry about the speed of its 4G mobile network. And the company does have reason to boast; early tests have shown that although its network coverage is significantly inferior compared to the 4G networks of Telstra and Optus, its speeds can often be faster, due to the company’s spectrum holdings in certain cities. However, Telstra, which has long led Australia’s mobile sphere, isn’t happy about the claims, despite the fact that they’re often true, and has threatened the big V with legal action unless it pipes down. The Australian newspaper tells us (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“The Australian has learned that Vodafone has been asked by Telstra in private correspondence to change a number of claims made about its 4G mobile services that Telstra believes are untrue.”
It’s hard to say whether Telstra will get very far with its claims; Vodafone’s argument that its 4G network is technically faster (where you can get it) does have some evidence in fact, as far as we can see. However, Telstra customers can rest easy that the speed lead may not last that long; in a teleconference moments ago (which your writer is currently listening in to), Telstra chief operations officer Brendan Riley revealed that Telstra had been able to source new blocks of wireless spectrum in 1800Mhz, and was able to achieve 15Mhz or 20Mhz contiguous blocks in some locations around Australia. The telco has spent some $4 billion on its Next G network from 2005 until now … and it’s not going to be beat by upstart Vodafone if it can help it.
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