People like speed. People like 4G. According to Telstra, 300,000 devices are now connecting to its 4G network, which currently incorporates 1,000 base stations. That’s good news for Telstra shareholders, but it also reflects an inescapable truth about wireless networks: the more customers there are, the slower the overall speed will get.
I’ve made this point before, and I’ll almost certainly be making it again: when wireless networks gain customers, average speeds drop. Will most customers care? Almost certainly not. When you can get an upload speed of 13.74Mbps in capital cities, even a 50 per cent reduction looks good compared to the alternatives.
There are two simple truths here. One: Telstra is the network to beat in terms of speed. Two: wireless speeds will invariably degrade as devices that can access those networks decrease. Make your purchases with that in mind and you’ll have a great experience.