Vodafone will launch its national 4G network in June, and promises a mobile broadband megaboost for business travellers with speeds greater than those of Telstra and Optus.
The ‘staged roll-out’ will kick off with Sydney and then extend to Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Wollongong, Newcastle and the Gold Coast, although Vodafone has yet to get specific with dates.
Also on the TBA list is pricing for the new service, although Vodafone CEO Bill Morrow warned that we won’t see the rock-bottom rates one usually associate with the number three carrier. “The right value doesn’t always mean the cheapest”, Morrow warned.
As to how fast the shiny new network will be, Morrow said that Vodafone’s claim to a fat 20MHz slice of 4G spectrum will allow it to eclipse both Telstra and Optus, where download speeds of 20-30Mbps (complemented by half that much for uploads) are commonplace.
Of course, there are plenty of cautions and caveats against that claim.
“At least for a period of time, we will have the fastest 4G network in Australia,'” Morrow observed, apparently making allowances for congestion as more and more users move from 3G to 4G.
Vodafone also admits that this will “potentially be Australia’s fastest 4G network” with “speeds capable of exceeding what’s already on offer to Australian mobile consumers” (we’ve added the italics for emphasis).