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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 14:07

Telstra and Huawei team up for 4G LTE Featured

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Huawei and Telstra have teamed up to launch the world’s first long term evolution (LTE) category six-compatible mobile broadband device in Australia.

The companies used the world stage at Barcelona's Mobile World Conference to announce the Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced Pro X, a battery-powered mobile hotspot that can operate continuously for up to 10 hours and share a 4G connection with up to 10 devices.

Telstra and Huawei said the device will work with 4G on existing Wi-Fi enabled tablets, laptops and smartphones, and follows live trials of the device conducted in the 700MHz and 1800MHz bands in Australia.

Telstra’s 4G network currently operates on the 1800MHz band, so Advanced Pro X will operate on this spectrum at launch, but Telstra director of devices Andrew Volard said the company was working to get 700MHz-compatible devices into customers’ hands ahead of the introduction of high-speed 700MHz coverage early in 2015.

“The Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced Pro X will be one of our first devices that’s ready to take advantage of the superior reach and speeds that we’re aiming to deliver when we introduce 700MHz spectrum and team it with our existing 4G spectrum,” he said in a statement.

Telstra claims that the device allows for a significant increase in peak downlink speeds and capacity by bringing together two separate spectrum bands, and that the Advanced Pro X will be capable of theoretical download speeds of 300Mbps.

Huawei Australia chief technology officer, Peter Rossi, said, “LTE Category 6 with Carrier Aggregation has the potential to offer incredible download speeds to mobile broadband users, and the huge battery in the Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced Pro X will allow users to keep more of their WiFi devices connected for longer.”

Other device features include ‘press and play’ functionality and a transparent display gives users a quick view of network usage data and battery life, along with ‘reverse charging’, allowing customers to charge their smartphones from the device’s battery.

Telstra said the device would be ready to go at the touch of a button in as little as five seconds.

The device will be launched in coming months.

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