"This is a critical capability to enable the benefits of 4G broadband coverage to be shared over the full extent of Telstra's mobile coverage footprint," the companies said in a joint statement.
This capability will become commercially available later in 2020 in "select locations," providing particular value to customers in rural, regional, and offshore areas.
Ericsson and Telstra achieved the world’s first 200km 3G cell range in 2007.
Telstra Network Engineering executive Channa Seneviratne said, “Effectively doubling the current 4G coverage range of a mobile base station is a huge win for regional and remote Australia. We live in a vast nation and fast data in more places is critical in ensuring that we are providing the best coverage for our customers, whether they're in the city or the country.
"Telstra continually works with our partners like Ericsson to provide innovative solutions to meet our business and customer needs. Extending the coverage of a mobile base station through an innovative technical solution is yet another example of this collaboration. This solution will be considered as an option in certain locations to ensure that our LTE network has the coverage and capacity needed now and into the future.”
Telstra chief executive Andy Penn pointed out that the extended range has implications for IoT projects as well as mobile phone services.