A new Telstra 4G service will give Rainbow Beach holiday makers, like Gerard Warhurst, better coverage at Christmas.
A new Telstra 4G service will give Rainbow Beach holiday makers, like Gerard Warhurst, better coverage at Christmas. Craig Warhrust

Telstra switches on 4G LTE mobile coverage for Rainbow Beach

HOLIDAY-makers and residents at Rainbow Beach can look forward to better phone coverage and "lightning fast downloads" this Christmas.

Telstra has switched on 4G LTE mobile coverage as part of a plan to upgrade 200 regional towns and holiday hotspots by the end of 2013.

Last year holiday makers on the Cooloola Coast found mobile phone service during peak periods extremely slow due to demand.

Telstra Country Wide Area general manager for central Queensland and Sunshine Coast, Kris Carver, said the new 4G coverage would give people in Rainbow Beach mobile broadband speeds as fast as those in capital cities.

"Our 4G network coverage provides a reach that is now four times that of any competitor," he said.

"The additional speeds and network capacity Telstra 4G offers will really support both residents and local businesses in this area.

"The addition of 4G also benefits our 3G only customers as 3G network capacity is freed up as customers migrate their data traffic onto our 4G service.

"This will be particularly important as we head into the Christmas period when we know that the influx of tourists to Rainbow Beach has previously put pressure on the existing network.

"The new 4G service will offer faster download and upload speeds, a real plus for anyone looking to send large files."

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