Phone operators push for better speed on mobile phones
The biggest three mobile phone operators in Australia are urging the government to give them early access to faster wireless broadband in a new tussle.
Each mobile firm is seeking a deal with Canberra to bring forward the release of spectrum that will allow people to download much quicker using their phones.
Subscribers would benefit as it would add capacity and enable the launch of applications and faster services, otherwise known as 4G, the Australian reports.
The problem of mobile phone connectivity has been a long-standing issue in certain parts of the country.
This was highlighted earlier this year at the Port Fairy Folk Festival as the thousands of visitors couldn't connect as networks couldn't handle the extra traffic.
"Optus supports early access to the 700 MHz band to fast-track competitive access to 4G services in rural and regional areas," vice president for corporate and regulatory affairs David Epstein said.
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