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Vodafone improves its Tasmanian 4G coverage



The new tower at Steppes will step up Vodafone's 4G footprint in Tasmania.

Vodafone has announced that it has switched on a new mobile tower in Steppes in Tasmania as part of an overall improvement package in line with the federal government's Mobile Blackspot programme. The new site will add a total of 94.5km of 4G coverage to the area, including 8.5km of coverage on major transport routes in the area.

The new tower will, as per Vodafone, provide improved coverage to the Steppes and Ouse areas of Tasmania as part of an overall $5 million investment in improvements being made this year to its 4G coverage across the state. The new towers will operate on the 850Mhz frequency, although Vodafone does have the rights to select parts of the 700Mhz spectrum as of next year.

Vodafone has recently been on the attack around issues of regional mobile coverage, continuing its arguments to the ACMA around declared domestic roaming, which it reckons could save Australians $658 million per year.

Rival Optus wasn't keen on that argument, but has also recently announced its own regional expansion plans, spending $1 billion on a range of improvements to roll out over the next financial year. TPG, which currently operates mobile services on Vodafone's 3G and 4G network, is also set to start rolling out its own mobile network starting next year.

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