ACMA opts for limits in upcoming 1800MHz auction
Boost for regional 4G services.
The federal government will offer key 1800MHz spectrum in regional Australia to interested buyers in a move that will provide a boost to regional 4G services.
But against recommendations by Telstra, the Australian Communications and Media Authority will only allow bidders to purchase a maximum 2 x 25MHz chunks of spectrum of the 2 x 60MHz for sale at the auction - a position Telstra's rivals Optus and Vodafone had lobbied for.
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NBN now has 2057 fixed wireless sites.
Mid May Update
For Mid May, in the past 2 weeks, the biggest news is Telstra seems to be gearing up finally! They have added over 300 new proposals for mostly 700Mhz deployments, this is a huge ramp up on previous weeks. They upgraded 91 sites and added 12 new sites. Optus continues their fast deployment with 177 upgrades and 24 new sites (mostly Vodafone sites, but a couple of existing Telstra sites as well).
I also noticed a few new Optus only tower proposed and as I suspected they are fast running out of Vodafone sites to add their services too so in order to expand further they will need to use existing Telstra sites or deploy their own. Optus announced more funding this week to add more depth to their network and I think this shows that commitment. Vodafone continues to plod along with 99 upgrades and 14 new sites. NBN activated 52 sites as well as adding 14 more proposals, they have a total of 1662 sites active and proposed so their 1600 site target continues to grow.
End Of April Update
For the end of April, Telstra has finally pulled its finger out and started to ramp up at least for one state. For QLD Telstra upgraded 36 sites which was more than Optus or Vodafone, however overall Optus still upgraded 251 sites nation wide, Vodafone 95 and Telstra 78. Optus additionally added 37 brand new sites (mostly existing vodafone sites), Vodafone 17 new sites (existing optus) and telstra added 5 new towers (all without existing services). NBN activated 66 sites while also adding one more site proposal.
Overall Optus is fast outpacing Telstra for 4G enabled sites, they have around 60% of their total sites 4G active. And at this rate they will easily have 80-90% done by years end. The question then becomes do they continue to bridge the gap between themselves with 5633 total sites and telstra now with 7300 (mostly rural)? That's going to be much more slow going and they are surly going to run out of existing Vodafone sites very soon.
Mid April Update
Here are the numbers for mid April, Optus has ramped things up yet again!!! Last month Optus upgraded around 300ish towers and added a further 100 new towers, totaling just over 400 changes for the month. In the first 2 weeks of April (including the Easter break) Optus has upgraded 317 sites while adding 27 new sites. I have noticed Nokia being used recently by optus and I believe this accounts for their ramp up. They are also using Huawei mostly on their shared sites with Vodafone while also still using Visionstream. Of their 27 new sites, 26 were on existing Vodafone sites while the remainder was on an existing Telstra site.
Moving right along to 4G site numbers, Optus has added 4G to 128 sites that previously never had 4G, Telstra added 17, Vodafone 39 while NBN activated 102 sites which is a huge ramp up also. LowBand LTE, Telstra added 40 sites, Optus 298, and Vodafone 141 sites.
End of March
For the end of march, the rate is unchanged, optus is still going nuts with its roll out even adding 18 new towers in the past 2 weeks. Optus now has more 4G towers than Telstra, and since optus has way more 700Mhz 4G towers I think its fairly safe to say Optus has the largest 4G network in Australia. I think we will see some marketing to that effect very soon! Telstra upgraded 19 sites, Optus 127, Vodafone 46, and NBN 31 sites.
In the lowband 4G area, Telstra upgraded 34 sites, Optus 131 and Vodafone 94 sites. for the entire month of march optus not only upgraded 302 towers but also added 101 brand new towers. About 7 or so were totally new (no one else on them) the remainder were vodafone towers. Vodafone added 32 new towers in the same time all of them being optus towers. Telstra added 16 new towers in that time. Optus has 5500ish towers, so if they keep their rate of 400 per month you can see they are rolling out at a rate not unlike telstra had when they rolled out their next G network, just a little slower.
Mid March Update
In the last couple weeks NBN has really ramped up its tower rollout activating 44 towers. Optus continues its rapid 4G rollout activating 133 sites and will probably catch Telstra on raw 4G towers by the end of the month. By contrast Telstra activated a lackluster 15 sites, while Vodafone activated a respectable 81 Sites in the past 2 weeks.
Telstra activated 37 Low Band LTE towers (700mhz) in the past 2 weeks, Optus 103 (700Mhz) and Vodafone 138 (850 Mhz). Vodafone has really been focusing on 3G850 in rural areas also, so it appears their rollout is not slowing at all but speeding up also.
End of Feb Update
The 4G roll-out continues, in the past 2 weeks Telstra has upgraded 23 sites, Vodafone 135 sites but Optus has upgraded a staggering 219 sites. NBN has activated a steady 17 sites.
If we look at 700Mhz only Optus is going gang busters as expected, probably a good indication of their lackluster low band performance in the past. In the last couple weeks they have upgraded 176 sites, where as Telstra has only added 700Mhz to 41 sites.
Mid Feb Update
Optus is going nuts with its 700Mhz roll out. Its outpacing Telstra by over 2 to 1. Telstra is focusing its efforts in QLD and VIC whereas Optus seems to be focusing on NSW and VIC. NBN numbers are over 1600 sites now both active and proposed. Keep in mind in some towns their proposals have failed so they have resubmitted a second site for approval.