Vodafone Australia has announced plans to upgrade its mobile broadband network, claiming the network will provide coverage to 95% of Australians before the end of 2008.
The upgrade will be based on high-speed packet access (HSPA) technology, enabling faster download and upload speed as well as expanded coverage. It will also improve coverage and capacity for 2G and 3G voice calls.
"We're accelerating plans to upgrade our mobile network, which will provide our customers with faster download and upload speeds, better performance and improved services," said Russell Hewitt, Vodafone Australia's CEO.
The company's CTO, Andy Reeves, said, "We'll be going flat out with teams upgrading sites in every state and territory, simultaneously. It's a massive project but we're very confident we can complete Vodafone's national mobile broadband network upgrade within one year."
Vodafone will continue its 3G joint venture with Optus in metropolitan areas. All Vodafone mobile devices already in use will continue to operate on the new network.
The company intends to complete its hardware and software vendor selection process early in 2008 and has already commenced work in preparation for the upgrade.