Vodafone has expanded its indoor mobile coverage to an additional 140,000 Australians after adding 128 new mobile sites across the country.
The telco activated the sites between December and January in select metro, outer-metro and regional areas of New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
Some 91 sites also include 4G services, particularly in parts of Sydney, Newcastle, Torquay, Perth, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.
“This is a significant milestone for Vodafone and sets the tone for a big year ahead as we continue to invest heavily in our mobile network,” Vodafone chief technology officer Kevin Millroy said.
“The new and upgraded sites strengthen our 4G services and help deliver tailored benefits to different areas, such as faster data speeds, smoother music and video streaming, or stronger mobile coverage when indoors.”
He added that the new sites have brought “great” results across the board, citing a 70 percent increase in data speeds for customers in Torquay, Victoria and a 30 percent increase in data usage in Penrith, Sydney.
Melbourne, Darwin and Hobart also saw “significant” coverage improvements.
“Vodafone customers enjoying the foreshore areas of Larrakeyah and Fannie Bay in Darwin are experiencing improved voice and data services, particularly indoors, and up to a 15 percent increase in data speeds,” Millroy said.
“This means smoother video streaming, and less time spent loading webpages and downloading emails.”
“Over recent years we have spent billions of dollars to expand and strengthen our mobile network. Our aim is to give Australians more choice and competition so they no longer have to put up with the status quo.”