The 4G LTE network will deliver speeds far faster than that of today's Next G network, and promises lower latency than today's Next G network, and it is for these reasons that the 4G LTE technology was developed in the first place - whether it's wired or wireless technologies you're talking about, everyone always wants it to be faster.
Telstra's CEO, David Thodey, announced the plan at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and it was great to see the announcement happen, as there was talk in Australia that we might not see any LTE networks from the major telcos until 2013, when the digital TV switchover was to be fully complete.
However, with Verizon and others in the US already rolling out 4G LTE networks in the US, with some customers already using 4G modems in areas where 4G coverage exists, 2013 for Australia was way too far in the future for such an upgrade, so the news that Telstra is biting the bullet and is building it now is great news for wireless users wanting the very fastest wireless connection available, and who are willing to pay what will be an obvious premium, at least at first, to access those wireless speeds.
Telstra's Mr Thodey thundered that: 'Telstra is proud to again be a technology leader, providing Australians with leading-edge mobile broadband services on the world's largest national mobile network.
'The technology can provide many Australians with faster data speeds, high-quality video conferencing and faster response times when using mobile applications or accessing the internet.
'It can also help Telstra meet demand for mobile data, which is doubling every year as customers move to adopt data-hungry smartphones, mobile modems and tablets,' Mr Thodey said.
Telstra says it will use its existing 1800MHz spectrum to bring 4G LTE to life in Australia, as it already has this spectrum and thus doesn't have to wait for any spectrum to be freed up by the analog TV switch off, and will be selling a modem that will work on both the 1800MHz 4G LTE networks and the existing 850MHz Next G networks, giving Telstra users a modem that delivers the fastest speeds the local tower being connected to can handle.
But what about the claims from some that the NBN is doomed thanks to ever faster wireless technologies? Barring some kind of wireless technological breakthough, the NBN rollout has absolutely nothing to fear from the 4G LTE network from Telstra and whoever else decides to build one.
Why? Please read on to page two for details!