Australia Ramps Up LTE-Advanced

Telstra, the large Australian carrier, is getting speeds up to 300Mbps using LTE-A across the 1800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum band. Telstra aims to have its 4G network reach 85 percent of the population by the end of this month. It has been testing out LTE-Advanced since July with network infrastructure partner Ericsson.

In a blog post, Telstra’s director of networks Mike Wright said it’s using 20MHz in the 1800MHz band and 20MHz in the 2.6GHz band. Telstra will introduce LTE-Advanced combining 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum together to deliver greater network capacity.

The company plans to combine 700 MHz and 1800 spectrum bands in the future. This week saw Sydney’s analog television signal switched off in preparation for the release of the 700MHz spectrum for use by the telcos for 4G networks in 2015.

Telstra is Australia’s dominant telecommunications provider with 8.1 million fixed line and 13.8 million mobile subscribers. Telstra Mobile is Australia’s largest mobile telephone service provider.

Telstra operates Australia’s largest GSM and 3G network (branded as Next G) and holds a 50% stake in the 2100 MHz UMTS network infrastructure, shared with Hutchison (Three).

Telstra and its rivals Optus and Vodafone Hutchison Australia are all investing billions in 4G rollout.

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) activated LTE services in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Newcastle and Wollongong.

The company claims that speeds on the network will reach 100Mbps, due to it having access to 2×20MHz of contiguous spectrum in the 1800MHz band, unlike its competitors

Optus started operating its LTE services in Newcastle in March 2010 and expanded to Sydney and Perth. Optus intends to cover 70% of Australia’s metro population with 4G LTE by mid-2014, using a mix of both TD-LTE and FD-LTE. Optus recently acquired a decent chunk of the 700MHz and 2500MHz spectrum bands

Telstra has also conducted tests of LTE-Broadcast over its commercial 4G network, multicasting several sports events and even a file download to several mobile devices over the same wireless transmission, reports GigaOm.

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