Tagged With 700mhz

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The Turnbull Government today announced it will sell off two lots of 15 MHz of unallocated 700 MHz digital dividend spectrum by auction.

Useful for 4G LTE mobile broadband services since it can maintain data signals reliably over long distances, the demand for the spectrum has been so great a "competitive process" was deemed the best way to sell it off.

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It's the 1st of January — happy new year — and with it, the 700Mhz spectrum that used to be used for analogue TV broadcasts is now open for carriers to utilise. Optus has announced the rollout of more than 270 700Mhz sites across Australia.

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Got a new Galaxy S5, LG G3, HTC One M8, iPhone 6 or other LTE 700MHZ-compatible smartphone? Got a Galaxy Note 4 faithfully pre-ordered? Telstra has officially introduced its next-generation mobile data network, and it's promising some pretty impressive download figures as well as massively improved range and coverage.

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In the next couple of months, you'll be hearing more and more about a new technology that Telstra is switching on around the nation at the start of 2015. 4GX is just a fancy name for the telco's new 700MHz mobile network frequency, but that's not the only thing you need to know about it.

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Telstra has ceased development of its earliest LTE-Advanced network, the first in Australia, to focus on a more mainstream and modern approach. This (entirely rational and forward-looking) move keeps Australia's biggest telco up to date with technology and lets it support new devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but leaves existing owners of one particular 4G Wi-Fi hotspot out in the cold.

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When it paid $650 million for long-range 700MHz spectrum in 2013, we all knew that Optus would be putting it to good use for fast and expansive mobile network coverage — but we just didn't know when. Optus' new coverage map shows its future 4G Plus rollout zones, covering much wider areas around Australia's capital cities.