Telstra to extend LTE coverage in Australia

Australian wireless operator Telstra has announced it will extend its LTE coverage to 85% of the population by the end of 2013.

The company intends to cover an additional 200 regional towns in the country, bringing its total to 300.

“Last August, we committed to extending our 4G coverage to 66% of Australians by June 30,” said Brendon Riley, COO at Telstra.

“Having met that target, we are now committing to have superfast services in place for 85% of the population by the end of the year by upgrading another 1500 base stations before Christmas."

Telstra said it will also focus on expanding its existing 4G footprint with the roll-out of extra coverage in Newcastle and Wollongong in NSW, and Bundaberg and Cairns in Queensland.

The announcement follows reports earlier this week that Telstra’s subsidiary, Telstra Global, had joined the UK’s Cloud Industry Forum (CIF).

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