Optus has for the first time taken over from Telstra as the overall winner of the P3 connect Mobile Benchmark in Australia for 2017.
With the upcoming 5G auction, the ACCC is revisiting the way in which it approaches spectrum competition issues.
The latest telecommunications report has now been released by IDC New Zealand.
New research suggests that commercial 5G networks will start being widely deployed at the start of the next decade.
Optus has selected Macquarie Park as the site for its initial launch of a new 4.5G network capable of delivering speeds of over 1 Gbps during network testing.
Towns in Barcoo and Diamantina, Queensland's westernmost shires, are now connected to the Telstra network thanks to 600 kilometres of new fibre-optic cable.
Optus customers will have access to faster download speeds, improved data coverage and better voice quality after the company launched expanded 4G services.
Vodafone has upgraded 84 cell sites across Canberra to increase the capacity of its 4G network fourfold and boost speeds by up to six times.
With mobile video expected to account for three-quarters of 4G traffic by 2020, telecom operators are under pressure to transform their networks and business models to accommodate the emerging 'big video' trend.
Analyst firm Telsyte estimates that half of Australian smartphone owners are on 4G networks, and notes that operators are competing in a saturated market by offering services that can take advantage of 4G speeds.
Vividwireless uses a wireless internet connection (not cable or DSL) through a simple plug-and-play modem that is designed to have the user online within minutes.
Telstra still leads the market in terms of both 4G and overall mobile download speeds, but Vodafone has caught up to the operator in terms of 4G availability.
Optus has commenced the rollout of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology on its network, starting in the CBDs of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra.
Following extensive investments, Vodafone's 4G network coverage now exceeds 95% of the Australian population, the company revealed.
Optus and Telstra are both taking steps to prepare their networks for the next evolutions of wireless technology, with Optus trialling 4.5G technology and Telstra revealing plans to trial 5G at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.