Telstra to expand 4G network further

The largest telco in the country is set to upgrade its 4G network even further, with reports that customers' consumption of mobile data will intensify this year.

Telstra is expecting to see patrons use as much data in 2013 as they did in 2011 and 2012 combined, as the proliferation of mobile devices continues.

Chief operating officer with the telco Brendon Riley told the AAP that our habits are changing.

"More than half of all Australians now own a smartphone - up from 32 per cent in 2010 - and we're increasingly using them not just for work but for entertainment too."

Widening 4G access is on the agenda, in addition to increasing the amount of data the network can carry. Telstra is looking to use a new lower frequency, which will increase range, with rural customers in mind.

Higher quality service is in the forefront of the company's mind, as it looks to reduce dropouts in stadiums and CBDs.

A stadium can see service drop out for the entire event, as a congregation of such masses can ensure the network is strained to capacity.

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Posted by Eve Gillespie.