Vodafone has expanded its 4G footprint, today advising that it has upgraded its 4G capacity in the Greater Sydney area, along with enhancing its 4G coverage in the ACT.As part of the Sydney upgrade, Vodafone has completed the re-farming of an additional 5 MHz band of its 850 MHz spectrum between Nelson Bay, Kiama and the eastern edge of the Blue Mountains, offering “extra 4G capacity and an improved mobile experience”.
Vodafone states that low-band spectrum, such as L850, provides high-quality indoor mobile coverage, with the lower frequency signal penetrating buildings more effectively than higher frequency signals.
“This complements the 4G coverage of Vodafone’s 1800 MHz spectrum,” Vodafone stated. “Capable devices will now aggregate the 850 MHz and 1800 MHz band for an optimal mobile experience on the Vodafone network.”
Vodafone’s network enhancement program has seen the upgrade of over 1,000 sites, providing for more Greater Sydney mobile traffic.
“This activity will ensure a faster, more stable and stronger network experience for our customers in and around Sydney,” Vodafone chief technology officer Benoit Hanssen commented.
“Most of our customers in the Greater Sydney area are already using L850 compatible devices, so they will be able to take advantage of this upgrade in speeds straight away without having to take any action.”
Hanssen noted that mobile data consumption has increased by over 70 per cent in the last 12 months, with Vodafone expecting to see this trend continue as more customers gain access to 4G speeds.
Vodafone has also completed the re-farming of its 850 MHz spectrum in the ACT, stating that it has activated 91 sites.
“We completed this activity just over a week ago and we’ve already seen a 33 per cent increase in 4G data consumption in the ACT and we expect to see this trend continue with more customers now able to access 4G speeds,” Hanssen commented.