New network rollout to take longer for Hedland, Newman

MARK SCOTTNorth West Telegraph

Hedland and Newman have been left behind in another technological advance, with Telstra’s 4G LTE mobile network going live in Karratha last week.

The 4G network will provide download speeds up to 10 times faster than the 3G network, and upload speeds up to three times faster.

Telstra Country Wide WA North area general manager Tony Carmichael said the decision to install 4G technology at various locations was based on factors such as commercial considerations and technical feasibility.

“We will continue to progressively roll out our 4G technology throughout the State and as sites come online we will be advising the various communities,” he said.

Karratha’s move to 4G comes just weeks after it was announced Hedland would miss out on the first National Broadband Network rollout, despite Karratha, Newman, Tom Price and Paraburdoo all set to connect to the network in the next three years.

Mr Carmichael said Telstra 4G would provide customers with mobile broadband download speeds equivalent to customers who lived in capital cities and metropolitan suburban areas.

“In addition to increased download speeds, the increased bandwidth will support the handling of higher quality images,” he said.

“This aspect is important to many people, such as the medical profession, where local practitioners regularly liaise with capital city specialists.”

Mr Carmichael said Telstra was working with a variety of manufacturers to bring 4Gpowered smartphones and tablets to customers in the first half of 2012

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