In what is described as ‘another step towards future 5G capabilities’, Telstra, Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies and NETGEAR have delivered the world’s first commercial Gigabit LTE network and device, serving the central business district in Sydney, Australia, with other state capitals to follow.
The rollout extends Telstra’s current network download speed to 1Gbps, while doubling upload peak speed (~150Mbps). In contrast, the fastest service available in the UK, EE’s 4G+, offers download speeds of up to 90 Mbps, but is available only in parts of London and some other major cities.
The Gigabit LTE NETGEAR device, Nighthawk M1, will be available to consumers in Australia in late February, 2017. The newly-launched Gigabit LTE service aims to deliver extremely fast access to consumer content, and even faster access to enterprise applications and business-critical data.
Telstra’s new network capability also claims to deliver up to double the previous uplink speeds.
Gigabit LTE is enabled by LTE Advanced features including 4x4 MIMO, 3CA (Three Carrier Aggregation) and higher order modulation (256QAM). The new features and capabilities are described as ‘all important steps as Telstra evolves its network towards 5G’.
Mike Wright, Group Managing Director, Networks, Telstra says: ‘As the roll out of Gigabit LTE continues, our customers with a Gigabit capable device can enjoy a faster mobile experience for both downloads and uploads. As our customers continue to use increasing amounts of data for entertainment and business use, Telstra’s continuous innovation ensures our network is ready to deliver the country’s best mobile experience. Gigabit LTE is also an important step on our journey to 5G and demonstrates Telstra’s commitment to delivering Australians a world class network now and into the future.’