Telstra has completed the upgrade of its Next G HSPA+ network with speeds to rival 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, according to the telco.
Now featuring dual carrier technology, the refreshed network can send and receive wireless data using two channels to provide peak download speeds of up to 42Mbps.
Telstra partnered with telecommunications vendor, Ericsson, along with Qualcomm and Sierra Wireless for the Dual Carrier chipset and device.
The move was motivated by increasing wireless broadband capacity demands. 4G LTE technology, which can provide gigabit-speed Internet access, is still on Telstra’s agenda but it saw HSPA+ as a viable option for expansion.
"With HSPA+ Dual Carrier technology, we expect to offer speeds that are comparable to the initial speeds we have seen reported from some fledgling 4G LTE networks," Telstra CEO, David Thodey, said in a statement. "While LTE remains on Telstra's technology roadmap, there is a huge amount of potential remaining in HSPA+.
“We will take full advantage of this by again doubling our peak network speeds to 84Mbps through the implementation of HSPA+ Dual Carrier plus multiple input multiple output [MIMO] technology during 2011.”
Telstra also unveiled a HSPA+ Dual Carrier compatible receiver, dubbed Ultimate USB modem, to coincide with the launch of the new upgrade.