4G and LTE: everything you need to know

Richard Branson's Australian mobile network, Virgin Mobile, also offers 4G services. Because Virgin Mobile just packages up Optus's network and sticks its own plans over the top, it is naturally limited to Optus' network coverage map.

Similarly, iiNet launched mobile broadband plans using the Optus wholesale 4G network in 2012. iiNet expanded its 4G offering to include mobile phone plans mid last year, as well as launching a new mobile mobile broadband dongle and a 4G hotspot in May 2014.

While the MVNO market is dwindling, there are those that do have 4G services. Vaya offers 4G plans using Optus' network, while Exetel made headlines early 2013 by charging a 4G premium.

Amaysim launched its 4G plans in March this year with full access to the Optus 4G Plus network and new 700MHz band.

Having spent the past decade editing some of Australia's leading technology publications, Nick's passion for the latest gadgetry is matched only by his love of watching Australia beat England in the rugby.