Vodafone customers across Melbourne are being promised improved 4G mobile phone coverage after the company switched on its new 4G+ network.
Last weel 678 new 4G+ sites were scheduled to go live in Victoria, with another 71 to be switched on over the next six weeks.
Vodafone announced in July that it would boost the company’s 4G coverage to reach 95% of Australia’s metropolitan population by the end of the year.
The increased performance won’t require a new handset according to Vodafone as the majority of its customers’ existing 4G devices are already compatible with the new 4G+ coverage. This includes smartphones and 4G-capable tablets like the iPhone 5 and 6 models and Samsung Galaxy.
4G+ uses low-band spectrum, such as 850MHz, which should in theory also deliver improved better indoor mobile coverage as the lower frequency signal penetrates buildings better than higher frequency signals. This complements the 4G coverage already provided through Vodafone’s 1800MHz spectrum in most major capitals, other than Darwin where coverage is limited to 3G.
A Vodafone spokesperson told us they will roll out 4G+ to rest of the main capitals by Christmas with the schedule to be announced in the coming weeks.