Wednesday , April 26 2017

Vodafone switches on LTE network


As of today, Vodafone customers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Newcastle and Wollongong will be progressively able to crank their mobile downloads to 11, with Vodafone having flipped the switch and activated their 4G LTE network in the said cities.

Vodafone are claiming that their network is the fastest in Australia, with speeds up to 100Mbps, and trials showed that the network was indeed capable of achieving upwards of 50Mbps download speeds. Of course, trials are much different to real-world usage and it will be truly impressive if Vodafone can keep those sorts of speeds going after opening the network up for everyone.

Members of the Ausdroid team who use Vodafone have, earlier today, witnessed these kinds of speeds already, and there are certainly places around a few capital cities where the 50mbps download speeds are not only achievable, but steady. We’ve had a couple of download tests of large files and seen sustained transfer rates around this speed which, for a mobile network, is truly incredible.

Some of us who aren’t Vodafone customers have observed that these kinds of speeds are possible on the other carriers’ networks, but certainly not as reliably. The flipside is, at least at the very beginning, the other telcos’ respective 4G footprints do seem to be a bit larger, but with twelve months in the field already, that’s to be expected, and one can only imagine that Vodafone will catch up soon enough.

While its early days yet, and we expect that results may shift downward a little once more and more users jump on to Vodafone’s 4G network, our early impression is that this network will compete speed-wise with Optus and Telstra’s networks, and in some instances, wipe the floor with them.

Customers without LTE-capable handsets will also likely see improved data speeds and reliability in LTE-covered areas as well, as much of the strain on the 3G network will be lifted due to fewer devices relying on it exclusively.

Current Vodafone customers with LTE-capable phones can ‘switch on’ the new network as of today, while new customers will be able to join the party from next month. If you’re curious about Vodafone’s LTE coverage area, have a gander at their coverage checker.

If you’ve got an LTE-capable phone and you’re on Vodafone, run a speed test and let us know what speeds you’re getting in the comments.

Source: Vodafone Blog.

James Finnigan  

  • Marti

    What are they doing for Regional Australia like Nth Qld, Far North Qld and Way Out West?

    • Mitchell Smith

      You can string two cans together and attempt to commune like that.

      • Nikolas


      • Marti

        do you recommend a particular string grade or is it all about the tin?

    • lobie81

      Dude. Honestly. Regional area + vodafone = epic fail.

      It’s that simple.

      If you want your phone to work, you’re going to have to cough up some dollars and switch to Tel$tra…

      • Marti

        I’m hearing ya

    • Venatoir

      Has any other carrier than Telstra ever pretended like they play in that market? The only reason Telstra is even there is because they inherited the physical CDMA network infrastructure built under previous governments.

  • Joel Nair

    dont mean to be rude but i think you should add a disclaimer to this. they are not automatically turning on 4G for everybody and instead are releasing 4G in segments to people. I for example aren’t one of the customers who have 4G right now even though i have a HTC one. It’s being released in segments until mid July. Come mid July, if you do not have 4G then you are directed to give them a call on 1555.

    • Our Vodafone-using team members have been able to access it. However, your comment is noted — we’ll amend our article to note that not everyone will have this immediately.

      • jeff

        hi Chris you state that your team are able to get 4g can u state locations and did they get invited and can you let us know new or old post paid plans and what $ value plans. It appears Vodafone isn’t able to answer any of these questions so I thought you might like to enlighten us and them. ta.

        • Joel Nair

          Not sure why the Ausdroid team can cacess but i assume it may be a special media invite only. Vodafone are manually activating thousands of customers per day till about mid July. I assume since Ausdroid has had a good relationship with Vodafone in the recent months, they wanted to ativate it for Ausdroid members so they could publish their speed tests on the blog for fans/customers to see and spread the word in a positive light.

          if you read their blog, its mentioned while 4G is “switched on” they are manually activating people with 4G phones in segments, and also based on when you signed up your plan.

          If you don’t get anything by Mid July, then give them a call.

          They will alos send a notification SMS to you to let you know that you have 4G enabled.

          • jeff

            Hi Joel thnx for your many assumptions i kinda knew all that already. The questions i asked of Chris were to see if i could get some real feedback about what vodafone is saying. I read recently that if you asked vodafone if its raining outside and they said yes or no, you would still need to go outside to check.
            Hence my queries to Chris for some realistic feedback. Unfortunatly all the assumptions in the world does not make it so. Thnx again and look forward to Chris’s reply.

      • Joel Nair

        Lucky – are you guys going to post up some screen shots of speed tests?

        Someone on the VHA blog posted 109mbps but had no proof it was vodafone, could have been anybody.

  • vijay alapati

    too late, i just switched to aldi mobile from vodafail, I dont need 4g….just need a decent 3g speed (5 mbps on aldi mobile 🙂
    Glad i switched to prepaid 🙂

    • ACA7

      How ironic, just did the same thing today. I work in the heart of the CBD in Melbourne and I have ZERO reception most of the time at my desk. It’s so bad if I keep cellular data on it eats up the battery trying to get a proper signal. Granted it’s an old building with thick concrete walls but when I had tested Aldi at the same spot I couldn’t believe my eyes: full reception almost all of the time!

      I don’t care if I get 1 billion terabytes/second at one spot and nothing a few hundred meters away from that. 5-10Mbps consistently with proper coverage (highways, towns etc) is more than sufficient for everything I do, which I hope to get with Aldi. I benched 6.8Mbps today at my desk and yes, I know it’s limited to single-antenna HSDPA @ 7.2Mbps. The phone is Motorola RAZR HD, so Vodafail was operating on 850MHz or 1800MHz, whichever it wanted. I gave it every chance I could.

      The thing is, I hate Tel$tra (I know Aldi is on T$ 3G, I hate that) but the difference in the networks is just too much. I wish Vodafail gave us proper coverage with consistent speeds and consistent service. I’d love to be with them but doesn’t look likely any time soon.

  • Nikolas

    They never got the 3G network right… Now they’re switching on 4G? Will this be safe? These guys have intercourse hands…

  • theo

    i live in melbournes city, still nothing on my s4.

  • jeff

    Theres NO proof that vodafone has switched on 30,000 customers. The only evidence seems to be a few coveted “free tickets” to industry media savvy favourites. Vodafone upto 12th of June said it would be activating 4G in June .They have. But it seems thats only partly true for what may be a majority of its customers. They have NOW revealed that their customers will have to wait to mid July before having 4g activated. So the false impression promoted by vodafone over the last 4 months that all those that have all the criteria met for activation will be activated in June is another example of why vodafone in australia is held in such low regard by the public. What must be obvious to many vodafone customers is that vodafone has even intimated that even by mid july qualified customers may still not be activated and will have to call vodafone for assistance. A strange message indeed from a communications company that has every v phone no. And knows wether the fone is running on 4g. It seems that vodafone has overshot broken its PROMISED 4g delivery date but is trying to save face. Note they have only been crowing about dubious value hi speeds not hi no of activations.
    It seems what should have been a big customer feel good intro to 4g has unfortunately begun as a wimper. Vodafone has lived upto customer expectations.

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