Vodafone has announced that its 4G network now reaches almost 23 million Australians, or more than 95% of the country’s population.
The new figures are due to the company’s national spectrum refarming project, which has seen Vodafone convert its entire holding of 850 MHz spectrum to increase its 4G network by over 20%.
Low-band spectrum (or ‘L850’) provides better indoor mobile coverage as the lower frequency signal penetrates buildings more effectively than higher frequencies.
The additional L850 capacity sits alongside the 4G coverage provided by Vodafone’s 1800MHz spectrum holdings.
Capable devices can now aggregate both 850MHz and 1800MHz bands for an “optimal” mobile experience on the Vodafone network, the telco said in a statement.
Vodafone Chief Technology Officer Benoit Hanssen said the company had invested heavily to deliver a “world-class” 4G network.
“We have spent billions of dollars over recent years to build a high-performing 4G network throughout Australia for our customers. Now available in more places, our 4G network is faster and more resilient than ever before,” said Hanssen.