Switched on: Brisbane and Gold Coast benefit from Vodafone 4G+

Better indoor data coverage including businesses, malls and car parks

Vodafone customers in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast can now experience vastly improved 4G mobile phone coverage after the company switched on its new 4G+ network.

From today, 396 new 4G+ sites will go live across Queensland, with more to be switched on before Christmas.

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 Queensland switch on follows recent
successful rollouts in Victoria and South Australia, with New South Wales, and Western Australia to follow in coming weeks.

More 4G+ in more places

Vodafone’s Chief Technical Officer, Benoit Hanssen, said that all customers in Brisbane and the Gold Coast with 4G smartphones and tablets will now enjoy better data coverage in more places.

“Customers will immediately notice the difference following the mass switch on of new 4G+ coverage,” said Mr Hanssen.

“The type of spectrum we’ve used for our new low-band network means customers’ devices will work even better indoors, including homes, businesses, shopping malls and car parks.” Vodafone customers “won’t need to upgrade their smartphone”

There are now almost two million devices connected around Australia to the Vodafone 4G network. Vodafone says the majority of its customers’ existing 4G devices are already compatible with the
new 4G+ coverage.

“We’ve tested all the major smartphones to see how they perform on our new 4G network, including the popular iPhone 5 and 6 models and Samsung GALAXY. What it means for customers is
that they’ll notice the 4G or LTE symbol on their phone more often, meaning they are on 4G and will have more even more reliable data download speeds,” said Mr Hanssen.

Low-band spectrum, such as 850MHz, is well suited to providing high quality 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, allowing customers to experience 4G in more places.