In brief: Telstra to switch on 700MHz 4G in Sydney, Adelaide

700MHz trials already taking place in eight locations in Victoria, Queensland and WA

Telstra will offer 700MHz 4G services in portions of Sydney and Adelaide next month, the telco announced today.

The telco is already running 700MHz trials in parts of Victoria, Queensland and WA.

Telstra in June began trialling 4G services in Perth using the 2x20MHz of 700MHz spectrum it won in the government-run Digital Dividend auction.

Compared to the 1800MHz band used for most 4G in Australia, services using spectrum in the 700MHz band can offer better indoor reception and better performance in regional areas.

“Telstra … has double the holdings of 700MHz spectrum than the other carriers, and, this combined with our existing 4G services, doubles the 4G capacity of our network in these areas, and means we can support more customers, using more devices, doing more things at the same time,” Telstra group managing director networks, Mike Wright, said in a statement.

Services will be rolled out to other areas as Telstra gets further access to the spectrum in January next year.

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