Vodafone uses NBN to expand its regional 4G footprint

Alex Kidman 3 February 2017

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4G services via NBN to kick off in NSW next week.

Vodafone was the last big telco to market in Australia with 4G services, but it has wasted little time since launching its 4G services in aggressively promoting and expanding them. Today it announced that as part of the Federal Government’s Black Spot program to improve regional coverage, it will launch 4G services from the nation’s first National Broadband Network (NBN) Cell Site Access Service (CSAS) site in Molong, New South Wales next week.

From Monday, Vodafone claims it will provide an additional 155 square kilometres of coverage covering over 860 homes in the region. For users in that area, it’s expected that coverage will further improve later in the year when another site is lit up in Cumnock, providing an additional 333 square kilometres of coverage between Molong and Cumnock, as well as up to Cundumbul and up towards Garra and Amaroo.

Vodafone was already a participant of the Black Spot scheme, which is intended to deal with regional mobile access issues, covering some 70 sites across Australia along with 32 standalone sites it is independently improving.

Vodafone has also been solidly in favour of proposals to generally open up regional mobile networks for domestic roaming, while rival Telstra remains firmly opposed to such a scheme.


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