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Vodafone 4G coming this June

Vodafone Hutchison Australia will launch its 4G network starting this June, joining Telstra and Optus in offering high-speed LTE service, the third-placed telco said today.

While the 4G launch comes one year and nine months after Telstra, Vodafone said it will have the fastest LTE network on the market due to its large spectrum holdings.

Vodafone has 20MHz of spectrum in the 1800MHz band, which is double that of competitors. Vodafone does not plan to bid for "beachfront" 700MHz 4G spectrum in the Digital Dividend auction later this month.

Vodafone said it will deploy 4G in stages, adding 2000 additional mobile sites this year. The launch will include varying amounts of coverage in "major metropolitan centres," it said.

"We're kicking off with most of our coverage in Sydney and Perth, with some coverage in Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Newcastle and Wollongong," according to the Vodafone blog.

After apologising to Vodafone customers last year for service issues that have plagued the network, CEO Bill Morrow said in a statement, "We've picked up the pace and are sprinting to meet the current and future needs of our customers."

"We have a long way to go but with our local call centre investment, our determination to eliminate bill shock for customers, and, now our 4G network launch, we are well on track," the CEO said.

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