As promised back at the end of last month, Telstra has flicked the switch on their 700MHz 4G network in the Sydney CBD today.
In a move that could be seen by those of a cynical persuasion, the timing of the launch is quite fortuitous for those picking up a new phone tomorrow. But nevertheless, if you’re a Telstra customer who owns a compatible phone such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 or Desire 610 and LG G3, you should be able to experience the 700MHz LTE Network.
Telstra purchased 2×20 MHz blocks in the APT700 MHz (Band 28) range in the spectrum auction held by the ACMA last year. This spectrum will allow Telstra to deliver a faster service with faster speeds, with less buffering in more areas with the 700MHz frequency allowing them to push the envelope further in rural and regional areas. The lower frequency also allows for better building penetration, so no more losing signal as soon as you walk inside or into an elevator.
Telstra advised that the network is initially active in areas such as Surry Hills, Haymarket, Chippendale, Redfern, Waterloo, Zetland, Kensington, Alexandria, Erskineville, Eveleigh, Moore Park, Beaconsfield, Rushcutters Bay, Elizabeth Bay, Balmain East, Balmain, Birchgrove, Woolwich, McMahon’s Point, Lavender Bay, Milsons Point, Kurraba Point, and Neutral Bay. Telstra has further plans to build out their 700MHz network to a distance of 3KM surrounding the CBD by January.
The 700MHz is now live, so you should be able to access – but you’ll probably not even know it if you are. Nevertheless, enjoy the benefits.