Vodafone will be starting its new 3G service form the month of May, which was delayed for a year due to some problems with Ericsson. The service is going through a testing process now and will be available in the major cities of Australia covering 80% of the country. This service will be available in some of the suburbs of the country including Albury-Wodonga, Ballarat, Ballina, Toowoomba, Townsville, Wollongong etc
The rest of the people who is under the 2G coverage would be upgraded to the 3G in the month of August. The company has estimated that about 95% of the people would be under the 3G services by the end of the year 2009. Once the target is achieved, the whole country will be able to access this advanced technology. 3G service contains fast data service, video call on the mobiles, web browsing on mobile with a very high speed, enhanced music download facility etc. The 3G service of Vodafone has been shared with the major telecom company Optus. Vodafone has also announced the launch of iphone in Australian later in the year. This a type of 3G service for the customers to use some of enhanced features on the mobile phone.
The main features of the 3g service are- It is a third generation communication service that offers some of the advanced network usage in the field of telecommunications, it has wide-area wireless voice telephony, video calls, and broadband wireless data, all in a mobile environment. This unique feature is achieved by access to higher bandwidth through spectral efficiency. One more facility with the service is HSPA data transmission capabilities which allow browsing speed of about 14 Mbps on an ordinary hand set. The 3g service also has an enhanced security feature using the technology KASUMI block crypto. This feature does not let others to interfere on another network or hacking the line.