Wireless coverage mapping expert OpenSignal has released its first ever report on the state of mobile networks within Australia, and its findings are pretty interesting, if not completely surprising: Telstra currently offers the fastest possible download speeds on 4G, but that comes at the cost of slightly higher latency where Vodafone and Optus swing ahead. Vodafone also wins out on the availability of its 4G networks, with a slight advantage over both its competitors.
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Since it launched a year ago, Telstra's 4GX network has been getting a lot faster. First, Telstra switched on carrier aggregation, which tied two frequency bands together and tripled download speeds. Then, it upgraded its carrier aggregation to three frequency bands, and tripled those data speeds. Telstra's Wi-Fi 4G Advanced III is the first device that takes full advantage of the company's latest fastest Category 11 mobile data network, and it promises 600Mbps download speeds. Step aside, NBN. This is how you get the fastest 'net connection in Australia, right now.
Telstra is Australia's largest telco, and that means it can spend a bit of cash on keeping its 4GX mobile network world-class and super-fast. Alongside switching on Voice Over LTE, the new Wi-Fi mobile hotspot that Telstra calls the Wi-Fi 4GX Advanced III is capable of 600Mbps download speeds -- theoretically.
As much as we might like to complain about our mobile internet coverage and the speed of our connections, Australia's mobile data networks are actually world class. Along with Korea and Sweden, Australia leads the way in the adoption and take-up of new super-fast 4G LTE-Advanced standards -- and the latest is Category 9, a fancy frequency-meshing network capable of 450Mbps downloads.
What if when your home internet connection went down, your router automatically connected to your neighbour's Wi-Fi or to the 4G mobile network to keep you connected? Swedish networking company Dovado has a particularly fascinating new router called the Tiny AC, developed with help from a few speed-hungry Aussies, that can do exactly that.
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.
The race for 4G supremacy is on, and it's running in earnest at the moment between the top two telcos Telstra and Optus. With the news that Telstra will switch on its 4GX network more broadly around Australia at the start of next year, Optus has name-checked 118 regions around the country that will benefit from its expanded 4G rollout in the next three to six months.
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.
"Correction". That's what Telstra had to say about Optus' claim earlier today that it has launched Australia's first LTE-Advanced mobile data network.
We're on the cusp of even faster 4G networks being rolled out across the country, helping you burn through your measly quotas quicker than ever. Optus is the first of Australia's big three mobile phone networks to switch on 4G carrier aggregation in Australia, doing so today in most state capitals. But there's one problem -- which phones and 4G hotspots support the brand new tech?
Less than a month ago, Telstra outed plans for a new Category 6 4G/LTE modem capable of peak 300Mbps download speeds. Telstra confirmed today that it's looking beyond Category 6 to the Category 9 spec capable of 450Mbps down. Phwoar.
Huawei has just announced a new Mobile WiFi hotspot with LTE-Advanced support, able to download data at speeds up to 300Mbps -- that's twice as fast as current top speeds. The new Huawei E5786 conforms to the latest and greatest Category 6 LTE standard, also known as LTE-Advanced; no Australian network uses Cat 6 just yet, but future-proofing is always a good thing.