Ericsson, Qualcomm, & NETGEAR Launches Telstra’s World-First Commercial Gigabit LTE Network

Telstra, Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc, and NETGEAR launched the world’s first commercial Gigabit LTE network and device at the “Gigabit LTE Experience” event in Sydney, Australia. Telstra confirmed that the service has been launched in select state capital city CBDs. It will launch in more cities soon.

The Gigabit LTE NETGEAR device, Nighthawk M1, will be first accessible by users in Australia by the end of February 2017. The recently introduced Gigabit LTE service will offer really fast access to consumers’ favorite content. It will even provide faster access to enterprise applications and business-critical data.

Ericsson, Qualcomm, & NETGEAR Launches Telstra’s World-First Commercial Gigabit LTE Network

Gigabit will enhance access to high-quality video streaming, and benefit upcoming mobile virtual reality applications and experiences. It is a key step towards 5G.

On the other hand, Telstra’s new network capacity also offers up to double the former uplink speeds. That indicates uploading content to social media, the cloud or business applications will be really fast.

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Internationally, Telstra was the first to bring 600Mbps download speeds (Sept 2015). Now it further extends this global network leadership with Gigabit LTE.

Gigabit LTE has LTE Advanced features such as 4×4 MIMO, 3CA (Three Carrier Aggregation) and higher order modulation (256QAM). On the uplink, Telstra’s new network capability uses 64QAM and 2CA (Two Carrier Aggregation) for a peak upload speed of up to 150Mbps.

The new device is not only about high speeds. But it will also provide more network capacity which assists all users. A Gigabit LTE mobile device gets the job done much quicker. Because it has the capability to let additional network resources accessible for other users.

Mike Wright, Group Managing Director, Networks, Telstra said:

“Gigabit LTE is also an important step on our journey to 5G and demonstrates Telstra’s commitment to delivering Australians a world class network now and into the future. We are well placed to evolve our 4G network and are putting the building blocks in place for Australia to be ready for 5G – this will deliver more bandwidth and lower latencies which are critical for emerging applications such as downloading 4K video, IoT, autonomous vehicles, augmented reality and shared virtual reality.”

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