VHA to upgrade 3G network backhaul

Summary:Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has announced that it intends to increase the transmission capacity of its 3G network, which the company says will improve network performance for mobile broadband and smartphone users.

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has announced that it intends to increase the transmission capacity of its 3G network, which the company says will improve network performance for mobile broadband and smartphone users.

Over the next two years, new IP transmission backhaul services will be rolled out to link up metro and regional areas. VHA chief technology officer Michael Young said transmission services were a key component in the telco's network.

"These improvements in our transmission network will mean we can add capacity to our network quickly, and give our customers a better data experience as their appetite for data services continues to grow rapidly," he said in a statement.

Nextgen Networks, the company providing the backhaul installation for the National Broadband Network project, was awarded the contract for services in Perth, Adelaide and more than 50 regional locations.

"Nextgen is delighted to be able to play such an important role in the supply of mobile broadband backhaul services to regional locations across Australia. As a specialist provider of wholesale transmission services, we offer a strategic partnership arrangement for the supply of critical network elements," managing director for Nextgen Networks Phil Sykes said in a statement.

TPG subsidiary Pipe Networks will provide provide connectivity between select VHA sites in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, which will see it roll out about 900km of new dark-fibre over two years.

The news comes amidst criticism of the telco's 3G network performance in recent days. The Sydney Morning Herald reported this morning that a software upgrade had caused instability on the network.

Topics: Telcos, Mobility

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