Tuesday , February 28 2017


There are three major carriers in Australia – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone/Hutchison Australia – and they operate on a variety of 2G and 3G networks. So you may choose the right handset for your network (or the right network for your handset), here are the details of the mobile networks operating in Australia.

We’ve included links to carriers’ coverage maps where available.


  • 2G: 900/1800 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz (Next G network)
  • 4G: 1800 MHz
  • Coverage maps


  • 2G: 900/1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz (Open Network, primarily non-metro areas) / 2100 (primarily metro areas)
  • 4G: 1800 MHz
  • Coverage maps


  • 2G: 900/1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz (only in some regional areas) / 2100 (primarily metro areas)
  • 4G: In build, will be available in 2013.
  • Note, Vodafone are rolling out some 850 MHz coverage in some metro areas
  • Coverage maps

VHA (also known as 3)

  • 2G: Not operated. They share airtime with Vodafone and Telstra for 2G.
  • 3G: 850 MHz (Roaming on Next G network in some areas) / 2100 (some roaming onto Vodafone’s 2100MHz)
  • At the time of writing, we are unsure whether 3 customers can access Vodafone’s 900 MHz 3G network
  • Coverage maps
  • Morgan Archer

    I this going to be updated to reflect 4G technologies?

  • Guys might it be worth updating this with “virtual carriers”  the likes of Woolworths mobile etc etc.

    I am happy to put some time into producing a list for you.  

  • jeff

    It seems that Vodafone have just switched on their 4G lte network in Melnourne CBD.