Friday, 15 June 2018 09:16

2Gbps 4G coming from Telstra this year

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Telstra has begun lab tests of a 2Gbps 4G service, and expects to deploy the technology before the end of 2018.

The tests are being carried out at an Ericsson lab in Stockholm, and also involve Netgear and Qualcomm.

Even though they only began last night, they have already shown that 2Gbps is achievable by aggregating 100MHz of spectrum across five frequency bands and utilising 4x4 multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) technology.

"With the early success of the latest testing, we can now begin to plan to deploy the 2Gbps enabled 4G technology in our network, targeting high traffic areas like CBDs, stadiums and shopping centres," said Telstra group managing director networks Mike Wright.

"This will support even greater capacity and faster mobile speeds for our customers as the demand for data continues to grow.

"We expect to deploy 2Gbps enabled LTE technology in select locations later in 2018. With the Netgear Nighthawk mobile router expected to be available in late 2018, we are gearing up to launch the world's fastest 4G device on Australia's fastest mobile network."

The four companies gave a demonstration of this technology at Mobile World Congress 2018.

Earlier this year Telstra demonstrated download speeds in excess of 1Gbps using a Samsung Galaxy 9 on its public network in Sydney.

Image: Orderinchaos (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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