Pretty much a year ago, we reported that wireless broadband provider Vividwireless was planning to expand from its Perth-only operations to offer its service in other states. One year later, there are limited options for Sydney and Melbourne, but the company says services for Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra are imminent.
At a media briefing in Redfern today to demonstrate trials of high speed TD-LTE systems, Vividwireless CEO Martin Mercer said that services in those three cities would be launched "very shortly". Delays in making them happen have largely been due to flood-related testing issues, he said.
Hitting other states might make Vividwireless a better mobile broadband choice for travellers, though as the company doesn't currently offer metro-wide services, its usefulness will very much depend on where in those cities you're heading. If the TD-LTE systems are deployed, that coverage will increase, but there's no public timetable for that.
Right now, I can't help thinking that the existing 3G alternatives will suit more people better, despite the impressive speeds Vividwireless can, in theory, deliver. If you're a current Vividwireless user, we'd love to hear your experiences in the comments.