Australia has 3 major carriers, and numerous smaller carriers which include the likes of Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile and Amaysim. To date only the three major carriers; Teltra, Optus and Vodafone have carried Windows Phones.
Telstra is Australia’s premier Windows Phone provider, having carried more handsets than any other provider. Telstra operates its Next G network on 850Mhz spectrum, a 3G network on 2100Mhz spectrum and is developing a 4G network on the 1800MHz spectrum. The Next G network is considered one of Australia’s best networks, but Telstra’s 4G offering only operates within 5kms of the CBD of each capitol city, at airports and some regional centres.
A singtel company; Optus has operated in Australia since the 1980’s. It has to date offered two Windows Phone handsets. Optus operates its 3G network on the 2100 Mhz spectrum. Optus wholesales it’s network to other providers on the Optus Open Network.
Vodafone has been operating in Australia since the 1990’s. In 2009 Vodafone Australia and Hutchison 3G Australia (3) merged and became Vodafone Hutchison Australia. 2011 saw the phasing out of the 3 brand and Vodafone continued as Australia’s third largest provider. Vodafone has offered one Windows Phone handset on their network to date, but ran a large advertising campaign for the phone. Vodafone is building a 3G network on the 850MHz spectrum to compliment its 2100MHz offering.