Vodafone flags network upgrade in Canberra

The telco will upgrade mobile network equipment to deliver 2G, 3G and 4G technologies from a single base station by mid 2012

Vodafone has made its second major network announcement this month stating it will upgrade its network upgrade in Canberra to enable to delivery of 2G, 3G and 4G technologies from a single base station by mid 2012.

Between 18 July and 29 July new mobile network equipment will be installed and switched on at 85 existing base stations in the nation’s capital, with work being conducted in various stages scheduled for the early hours of the morning to minimise disruption in the area.

“Following the upgrade, customers in Canberra can expect to see greater performance and reliability from the Vodafone network,” Vodafone chief technology officer, Michael Young said in a statement. “We are also introducing other new technologies and capacity into the network throughout the year bringing better coverage and faster data speeds than before from Vodafone.”

“With the same new equipment we are using in our Canberra upgrade, we recently completed the first roll-out of our network equipment upgrade program in Newcastle, NSW and have seen a marked improvement in network performance indicators at all of the upgraded sites. We expect similar results at all sites in Canberra following the equipment upgrade.”

The telco plans to spend the following four to six weeks testing the network in Canberra to ensure there are no issues with performance.

Vodafone will send an SMS to voice and mobile broadband customers who have used any of the base stations during hours similar to the scheduled overnight upgrades, between 11pm and 6am, during the last four weeks, advising them of the planned outage during the upgrade works. The network upgrade will not impact calls to emergency services.

The telco also plans to introduce six 850 Megahertz (MHz) network sites by the end of September adding to the 10 sites that were constructed in June, with the aim to improve indoor mobile network coverage.

The telco recently wrapped up a three month network upgrade project involving the installation of new mobile equipment at 49 sites across Newcastle, parts of the Central Coast, and the Hunter.

The project, which began in mid-April, is part of a national network improvement initiative in response to repeated complaints from customers and industry groups about the quality of the telco’s network.

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