"Fruity fanbois might also find broad lines to read between, given the allegedly imminent announcement of a new iPhone"
Given that the current fruity phone can not connect to the Big T 4G network (the fruity company was hauled over the coals and fined by the advertising watchdog for invalid/misleading 4G connectivity claims a while ago) one wonders if the new fruity phone will be capable of connecting... or if they will mysteriously go off the air when the NextG network is shutdown in metro areas.
"but also means Big T is not so keen on taking the new network into places were population densities – and revenue opportunities – are lower"
But if you ask opponents of the NBN they will tell you that private enterprise will provide high speed connection to all.
Of course Big T want to have their 4G network cover the maximum number of people for the minimum cost so they can gouge every last cent for an inferior overpriced service before the NBN makes them provide a decent service at a decent price.