Vodafone flicks the 4G+ switch on 678 sites

Victoria gains high speed Internet with another 71 sites upcoming

Vodafone is switching on 678 4G+ network sites in Victoria today and plans to enable another 71 sites within the next six weeks.

The sites are based in Melbourne and are part of the carrier’s plan to offer 4G Internet to 95 per cent of metropolitan Australia.

Vodafone is using low frequency 850MHz spectrum in an effort to improve reception quality indoors. The spectrum has been bundled with 1800MHz network infrastructure.

Existing Vodafone customers who own an iPhone 5 or iPhone 6, along with the Samsung Galaxy range of smartphones, can take advantage of the telco’s improved network.

Chief technical officer, Benoit Hanssen, said customers won’t have to do anything to notice the difference.

“The type of spectrum we’ve used for our new network means customers’ devices will work better indoors, including homes, businesses, shopping malls and car parks,” said Hanssen.

Vodafone announced earlier this year it would be first to market with Voice over LTE (VoLTE). Meanwhile rival Optus is working to improve its network coverage in regional areas.

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