Apple wants Australia to redefine 3G as 4G
In a recent court filing, the computer giant asserts that the 3G used by Australia's biggest telecommunications companies, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, are on par with the "accepted industry and regulatory" definition of 4G.
A recent battle with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) may be at the root of the move to redefine Australia's cellular network, The Australian reports.
In March, Apple was prompted to offer a refund to Australian consumers who felt misled by advertisements that say the new iPad's is 4G enabled. That's because 4G in Australia is not the same as in the U.S. or Canada.
For example, Australia's largest 4G network operated by Telstra runs on a frequency of 1,800 megahertz. Meanwhile, the U.S. and Canada's 4G networks run on frequencies of 700MHz or 2,100MHz.
ZDNET speculates that Apple will argue Australia's 3G networks are enhanced with evolved high-speed packet access (HPSA+). A 3G network that has been improved with HPSA+ can reach speeds that are comparable to 4G.
It sounds a lot like Apple doesn't like the game, so it's making moves to change the rules. The case will be heard in Australian courts this May.
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