Both Telstra and Optus are promising upgrades to local wireless communication speeds.
Both Telstra and Optus are promising upgrades to local wireless communication speeds.

High-speed connection from big two

YAMBA residents will soon be spoilt for choice when it comes to service providers as both Optus and Telstra prepare to upgrade their networks, promising lightning fast internet speeds.

It comes as both providers make the switch to the 4G 700MHz band that goes live early next year.

Telstra officials yesterday met with Yamba community members and business leaders to launch the new alignment which is set to increase data speeds and allow mobile signals to travel further and reach deeper into buildings.

Telstra Country Wide area general manager for North Coast NSW Sue Passmore said Telstra's $1.3bn investment was a major commitment designed to ensure customers continued to enjoy the

best coverage, network reliability and fast speeds.

"Our customers in Yamba are relying on mobile broadband more than ever," Ms Passmore said.

"The explosion in applications, shift towards mobile video consumption and use of mobile in commerce means demand for connectivity continues to grow strongly."

She said the new spectrum would double Telstra's existing 4G capacity, and provide customers using 700 MHz-capable devices in enabled areas faster and more reliable speeds.

To prepare for the 4G roll out, an Optus spokesman said the existing Optus mobile phone base in Yamba would receive a makeover.

The revamp includes the replacement of three existing panel antennas with the installation of six new panel antennas.

Nine new remote radio units will be installed as well as ancillary equipment.

While specific dates could not be given, the upgrade is expected to be completed within a few weeks of commencement, depending on weather and other circumstances.



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