Australia’s first 4G wireless broadband to be launched

Australia’s first 4G wireless broadband network is set to be launched next year by a subsidiary of Channel 7.

The company implementing the network, Vividwireless, is owned by Kerry Stokes, who also has a majority control in The West Australian newspaper and Channel 7, according to The Australian.

The new network will be capable of providing internet speeds up to 10 times faster than current 3G networks, and will be launched first in Perth with the potential for other states to follow.

Vividwireless chief executive Martin Mercer told The Australian: “Our focus is on wireless broadband because it’s the exploding part of the market and it’s typically neglected by the main players,” he said. “Telstra for example outprices most people from using this technology.”

He said Perth was selected for the initial site because it was currently under-served by broadband infrastructure.

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