Phone Coverage in South Australia – Everything You Need To Know

Phone Coverage in South Australia

South Australia has great network coverage.

Last year, OpenSignal, a world-renowned telecommunications coverage mapping organization, released a new report to demonstrate the findings in South Australia.

According to the report, South Australia (SA) enjoys the fastest 4G mobile network speeds in the country. The state has an average networking speed of 41.2Mbps. The organization measured the network speeds between May 1 and July 29.

Average 4G speeds in different regions, Australia

Average 4G speeds in Australian regions

Like other regions in Australia, South Australia is clustered around the coastline. With only 1.7 people per square kilometer of land, South Australia has one of the lowest population densities in Australia. It is just a bit higher than the Northern Territory and Western Australia. This geographical position and population of the state significantly impact the network’s size the carriers can invest in.

More about the OpenSignal findings

According to the report, Victoria ranked second with an average networking speed of 39Mbps. It was followed by Queensland that has an average network speed of 37.9Mbps. After that, Western Australia occupies the third position with 37.8Mbps speed, followed by New South Wales with 36.5Mbps. Then comes Tasmania with an average networking speed of 32.1Mbps, and then comes the Northern Territory with 29.7Mbps.

OpenSignal analysed the average 4G download speeds across the country’s largest territories and states. It considered the speed in the last 90 days that started on May 1, 2018. The organization found that all but one of the analyzed areas topped the 30 Mbps milestone. Northern Territory, the sparsely populated region, offers a highly respectable average LTE download speed of 29.7Mbps.

According to OpenSignal, Telstra ranked first for 4G upload speeds in Australia.

Australia’s 4G speeds by different telcos

4G Speeds in Australia

While network providers’ upload and download speeds are independent, they’re both connected to the total capacity of a network. As a result, OpenSignal expected a correlation. However, they found Telstra a few megabits behind the average 4G download speed of Vodafone.

When it comes to the LTE network of Australia on a global level, OpenSignal found that Australia rose  three positions to rank seventh globally on average download speeds. Additionally, the country rose six positions to rank 13th globally when it comes to 4G availability.

Between the month of October and December, 4G speeds in Australia averaged 36.08Mbps. This places the country behind Singapore’s 44.31Mbps, the Netherlands’ 42.12Mbps, and Norway’s 41.20Mbps. South Korea has an average speed of 40.44Mbps while Hungary has 39.18Mbps and Belgium with 36.13Mbps.

OpenSignal says that improved network speeds in Australia are because of significant network investments, especially by Vodafone and Telstra.

Which network provides the best coverage in Australia

Optus claims to have reached 98.5% of Australia’s population. However, if you look at the coverage map, you can easily figure out that the actual majority of the nation is not covered.

Similarly, Australia’s largest network operator, Telstra, claims to reach over 99% of the country’s population. If you check out their coverage map and compare it with Optus, you will see that Telstra has reached a larger population in regional locations. However, there are still significant gaps that you will be walking through.

Fortunately, phone plans are not as expensive as they were in the past. You can easily buy an affordable phone plan that fulfills all your calling, texting, and internet data needs. All three of Australia’s major telcos — Telstra, Optus, Vodafone — as well as the many MVNOs in the market, offer affordable phone plans with excellent inclusions. These plans suit almost all budgets and requirements, so you can easily get a good plan as per your needs.


Network coverage in South Australia is excellent. So if you are traveling to SA, live there, or planning to move there, you can expect favourable network coverage. You can check out the network coverage map of the region you are visiting. From this map, you can easily get an excellent idea of available network coverage in the region.

Neil Aitken

Having worked in 3 countries for 4 telcos on both voice and data products, Neil is in a position to give you the inside track. Get beyond the marketing messages to the best plan for you.