Vodafone says 4G speeds will be dependent on usage

How fast consumers' 4G mobile broadband will be is dependent on how they plan on using their service, according to Vodafone New Zealand.

How fast consumers' 4G mobile broadband will be is dependent on how they plan on using their service, according to Vodafone New Zealand.

The company's network strategy and planning manager, Joseph Wong, said today that users of Vodafone's 4G network would have their speeds sped up or throttled depending on what they were using the internet to do.

Users who were watching video would have priority over those who were using the internet for peer-to-peer file sharing.

However users would not be “profiled” and throttled based on their specific usage. Even if a person did a lot of PTP file sharing, they would still get higher speeds while streaming video.

Users should also be able to pick plans based on what services they want to use, so people who use PTP services a lot will be able to pick a PTP plan and get better speeds, Wong said.

Speeds would still fluctuate depending on which plans consumers had and the time of day, but users would be able to pay for a “platinum experience” for full speeds at all times.

Vodafone plans to roll out its 4G service over the next five years, with rural users getting higher speeds first. The company hopes to have 50Mbits/s speeds within four years and 100Mbits/s speeds within five.

The 2G network will still be available for users to fall back on during the rollout.

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