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Deloitte predicts worldwide spectrum shortage

A Spectrum shortage will effect network performance like lower speeds and dropped calls as broadband demand exceeds supply in Australia and globally. Heres an interesting article by Stephanie Mcdonald explaining more:

Deloitte has predicted a spectrum and broadband shortage around the world on the back of growth in smartphone shipments and global 4G rollouts.

Deloitte has released the predictions in its 2013 Technology, Media and Telecommunications Predictions report. The company has predicted that more than 200 operators in 75 countries will provide 4G by the end of 2014.

“We are likely to see lower prices initially to encourage use, but this won’t be sustainable. Despite LTE spectral efficiency, it will still cost carriers US$5 to US$10 to carry 1GB of data, sufficient for streaming one to two hours of HD video,” Deloitte Australia’s lead telecommunications partner, Stuart Johnston, said in a statement.
He said Australia is currently experiencing a spectrum shortage, which will only get worse.

“LTE, for example, is 16 times more efficient [than] 3G when it comes to moving data. But demand is outstripping technology innovation. In the seven years it took to develop and deploy LTE, wireless traffic has increased 30 times,” Johnston said.

The spectrum shortage will impact on network performance, such as lower speeds and dropped calls and sessions as demand exceeds supply, the Youcompare states.

Johnston said the phablet, which range in screen size from 4.5 to 5.5 inches, will also become a more popular device in 2013. However, the way consumers use smartphones will vary.
“[A] growing number of smartphone owners, close to 2 billion by the end of the year, some 400 million will rarely or never connect their devices to data. This is an important consideration for those organisations developing a ‘mobile centric’ customer strategy,” he said.
Deloitte has predicted that by the end of this year, mobile devices will only make up 15 per cent of Internet traffic, signally that computers are not dead.

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Optus acquires Vividwireless for $230 million

Optus is planning to buy wireless (WiMax) broadband provider Vividwireless from parent company the Seven Group.

In a deal believed to be worth $230 million, Optus intends to create the foundation for a new 4G mobile broadband network that will consist of LTE-TDD technology.

Providing Optus with a significant increase in network capacity, the new network will serve wireless broadband to households and businesses with Internet download speeds ranging from 25Mbps to 87Mbps and will be integrated into Optus’ 1800MHz network.

It’s been made evident that the purchase is primarily about acquiring the 4G WiMax spectrum that Optus so desperately needs if it’s seriously going to compete with the likes of Telstra’s 4G network.

The deal is understood to involve all of Vividwireless’ business arms including their customers, spectrum licences and wireless network.

Read more at Delimiter – Optus buys Vividwireless for $230m

Telstra to offer wholesale 3G services

Telstra has seemingly decided that it should make available it’s 3G products and services to smaller Telecommunications providers to resell in order to assist with its ailing wholesale services.


Download speeds for wholesale customers on Telstra’s 3G services will range up to a maximum 3Mbps, while those on Telstra’s own Next G mobile network can achieve download speeds of anywhere up to 20Mbps. So there’s the catch. The vast difference in speeds is possibly due to the fact that Telstra need to be careful that they don’t cannibalise their own product.


The likes of Optus and Vodafone have also provided similar wholesale services to Telco’s such as Dodo, Virgin, iiNet and Internode for some time now, so this move by Telstra may not only seen as a potential tactic to counteract competition and bolster sales, moreover one that also aligns with Telstra’s transition to offering superior 4G services.


Read more at – Telcos to resell Telstra 3G services

Telstra release new Prepaid Broadband Pricing Structure

Telstra have increased it’s pre-paid broadband data allowances on its Next G network band introduced a 1GB welcome pack while also extending expiry limits. By giving their prepaid broadband products more value effectively aligns Telstra, Optus and Vodafone in the realm of pricing.

With Mobile Broadband now becoming increasingly popular among Australian Broadband Internet users, Telstra, under the newly acquired David Thodey leadership, have increased data allowances on some plans to nearly 3 times as much, and whats more, for no additional cost!

Telstra Prepaid Broadband Recharges Cards start at a mere $20 for 225MB data allowance that stems over a 30 day expiry period, and up to a 365 day (1 year) recharge expiry limit for a 12GB limit that costs $149. Below is a list of the updated Telstra prepaid plans.

Recharge Amount Data Rate per MB (charged per KB) Effective allowance Expiry
$20 8.9c 225MB 30 days
$30 7.5c 400MB 30 days
$40 3.9c 1GB 30 days
$50 2.4c 2GB 30 days
$60 2c 3GB 30 days
$80 2c 4GB 30 days
$100 1.6c 6GB 30 days
NEW $130 4.2c 3GB 90 days
NEW $150 3.7c 4GB 180 days

Search and compare Telstra BigPond Mobile Broadband Plans here

SIMFi it’s a SIM card that adds Wi-Fi capabilities to cellphones

Smart card expert Sagem Orga Safran group and Telefonica, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, are enhancing mobile broadband services by offering “SIMFi,” the first SIM card with integrated Wi-Fi. Using the SIM as a hotspot is expected to have the potential of becoming the next killer application.

Millions of subscribers are using netbooks and notebooks to surf the Internet while on the move, and this has become a strategic market for mobile operators. To enable Internet access, all of these mobility devices use the USIM card to authenticate the user on High Speed Packet Access HSPA networks, but there are some drawbacks that are slowing down market penetration. These include complex 3G modem and driver set-ups the user must perform, the use of accessories and cables such as USB modems, PCMCIA modems, handsets and certain software, and the complexity of service use.

via Technological News Portal.

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Vividwireless launches 4G WiMAX Wireless Broadband

New Mobile Broadband operator Vividwireless, chaired by Ryan Stokes (Kerry’s son) is unleashing their new 4G WiMAX Broadband Network and services  for the Perth region commencing in March 2010. Believed to offer wireless broadband speeds of upto 20Mbps in peak times, the new service has been earmarked to surpass the fastest Mobile Broadband speeds currently offered by the likes of Telstra Next G, Optus Wireless Broadband and similar Mobile Broadband products sold by Vodafone.

Vividwireless 4G technology also has the ability to be upgraded to the same standard as that of Long-Term Evolution 4G. Also known as LTE, Long- Term Evolution theoretically has the potential of reaching Wireless Mobile Broadband speeds of 100Mbps. This would in turn match the fixed line broadband speeds that have been slated in for the Government’s upcoming National Broadband Network.

Ryan Stokes has also indicated that after Vividwireless is up and running in Perth, the likes of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Brisbane will follow suit at some stage during the year with major University campuses likely to be the first institutions with the respective services.

Search and Compare Mobile Broadband Plans from Australia’s leading Wireless Broadband Providers right here!

Mobile Broadband vs Fixed Line Broadband

Mobile Broadband is rapidly growing in popularity among broadband users in Australia, and the Telecommunication services providers that offer Mobile Broadband plans. It’s widely anticipated that Mobile Broadband will compete against the likes of Fixed Line Broadband and evolve to the point where it will compete directly against the upcoming 100Mbps broadband speeds found in the Fibre-to-the-Premises National Broadband Network.

Australia’s largest Telecommunication provider ‘Telstra’ have recently released a USB modem capable of mobile broadband speeds up to 21Mbps on the 3G network, and although these speeds are theoretical, the incumbent has indicated that a future upgrade, possibly as early as next year, will produce speeds of up to 42Mbps. At these speeds, Mobile Broadband will compete with existing ADSL and Cable Broadband technology. 

In Australia alone, there’s almost 2 million mobile broadband subscribers and what’s remarkable about this number is the amount of which mobile broadband users grew in 2008. It’s been estimated that approximately 65 million new mobile broadband subscriptions were taken in the second half of 2008. Not bad for just six months growth.

Fixed Line Broadband such as Cable and ADSL (& Naked DSL) do have a couple attributes over Mobile Broadband, that of less latency and tighter security. However, with constant improvements and the flexible nature of a wireless environment shaping the way for more efficient and enticing Mobile Broadband services together with the potential of 100Mbps Long Term Evolution (LTE) aka 4G technology which is expected to arrive on our shores in 2014, it certainly looks like Mobile Broadband will be the way to go, especially for those in remote and regional areas of Australia.

Search and compare Mobile Broadband and Wireless Broadband plans right here at Youcompare Broadband.

LTE Mobile Broadband to rival Fixed Line

It’s the hot term for new Mobile Broadband technology. LTE, or Long Term Evolution as it’s referred to, is the next evolutionary step in the Mobile Broadband market and Vodafone says that it has the capability to rival Fixed Line Broadband.

LTE, which will also be known as 4G, has flexible bandwidth limitations from 1.4MHz up to 20MHz and theoretically, has the potential to pump out peak broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps. These broadband speeds far outweigh Australia’s current residential available broadband types that only offer speeds of up to 30Mbps (Cable Broadband). LTE’s potential would also rival that of Australia’s upcoming National Broadband Network technology ‘Fibre-to-the-Home’ at 100Mbps. Cheap Mobile Broadband LTE plans may be sometime away yet, but there speed alone will be well worth the wait!

Amazing isn’t it. All the talk of the NBN, which will take 8 years to construct, and yet, Mobile Broadband – thanks to LTE, has the ability to be available in Australia in less than half the respective NBN completion time and provide the same speeds. 

Vodafone has recently been stated as claiming the new 4G technology will also deliver the described speeds and are keen to update their Mobile Broadband networks with LTE technology. Although Vodafone is speaking up the future possibilities of LTE, it’s believed that LTE developer ‘Ericsson’ will not have the technology in place for infrastructure development until 2012.

Search and Compare Mobile Broadband Plans from Australia’s leading Mobile Broadband Providers right here at Youcompare Broadband.

Mobile Broadband Plans and Wireless Internet Providers

Get the very latest Mobile Broadband Plans, Special Offers and Hot Deals from Australia’s leading Wireless Internet Providers right here at Broadband Guide. Compare Mobile Broadband prices from the likes of BigPond Next G Plans, Optus ‘yes’ Wireless Internet, Virgin Mobile Broadband, 3 Mobile, Vodafone, Dodo Mobile Wireless and more.

Broadband Guide endeavours to list all the very best Mobile Broadband Providers, Post Paid and Pre Paid Mobile Broadband Plans that use both wireless USB Modems and Mobile Cards. Mobile Broadband has never been cheaper so now is a perfect opportunity to compare Mobile Wireless Internet Plans. Furthermore, some Mobile Broadband ISP’s give you the ability to combine Home Phone and Mobile Phone Plans into a Mobile Broadband Bundle so you can save even more on your monthly Telecommunication bills! Just make sure you do the maths and read the Terms & Conditions!

Mobile Broadband gives you the freedom of a wireless environment. Now you can get Wireless Internet Access beside the pool, down at the café, at work or home and on the road. Take advantage of this technology and the extensive coverage areas and fast Internet speeds that Mobile Broadband Providers are now offering and get connected today!

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Vodafone reduces Mobile Broadband prices

In what appears to be an impromptu counteraction to the recent Optus wireless price hikes and in a bid to lure their unhappy wireless broadband campers, Vodafone have reduced monthly costs on their 1GB & 5GB Mobile Broadband Plans by $10 per month respectively.

Without any prior indication, Vodafone Australia implemented the $10 price cuts to both plans only one day after Optus released their price hikes.  In some instances it doubled the pricing for a prepaid wireless plan.

The new prices are $19.95 (previously $29.95) for 1GB of data using Vodafone’s 3G network on a ‘Light Use’ plan, while for $39.95 (previously $49.95) you can expect to receive a massive 5GB of data and a free USB modem stick.

What’s more, if you do happen to drop out of range on the Vodafone 3G network, you are automatically placed on their 2.5G network opposed to being charged additional fees for roaming on to another network such as Telstra.

Checkout and compare Vodafone’s Mobile Broadband Internet Plans right here at Broadband Guide!

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