Telstra has announced the goal of nearly doubling their number of 4G base stations in order to bring the 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network to 85% of the population by December 2013.
Currently Telstra have 2,000 enabled base stations across the country, but they aim to increase this number to 3,500, including 200 to currently inactive regional towns. The use of the 4G network is growing every month by 23%, so Telstra has made the decision to boost the number of 4G base stations rather than install more 3G antennas.
Telstra’s announcement comes after the unveiling of Vodafone’s own 4G network. Telstra also revealed that they have threatened Vodafone with legal action if they continue to advertise that the Vodafone 4G network is faster than Telstra’s.