Telstra to Switch on LTE-A Services Shortly

Australia’s Telstra has announced that it will switch on LTE A services using its 700Mhz spectrum in Perth, Fremantle, Esperance, Mildura, Mt Isa and Griffith within the next few weeks.

Telstra said that it will conduct commercial trials using 20MHz of the 700MHz spectrum band at six locations around Australia ahead of rolling out more 700MHz based services in a range of cities and regional centres from January 2015.

Mike Wright, Telstra Group Managing Director Networks said that:

“The early access will help ensure Telstra customers remain at the forefront of mobile technology. This spectrum operates at a lower frequency that will give our customers better 4G coverage in buildings, lifts and car parks. Our superior spectrum holding is significant and as customers take part in this commercial trial, they will experience faster speeds compared with other services in this band.”

He also added that:

“4G Advanced technology is the next evolution of our 4G service and brings together two spectrum bands – 700MHz and 1800MHz – to serve up ultra-fast data speeds.” 

Telstra currently offers a range of 4G devices that are compatible with the new 700MHz spectrum, including the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5, as well as one mobile broadband device. A range of new smartphones and other connected devices compatible with 700MHz is expected before the end of 2014.

Mr Wright added that: 

“After completing successful testing of the network in Perth, Freemantle and regional New South Wales we are pleased to be able to have customers start trying the new network for themselves when we switch it on in the coming weeks.”

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