Telstra is set to run a commercial pilot of its 4G LTE network with around 2000 of its business customers in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
LTE is said to deliver significantly faster download and upload speeds than 3G technology though performance is still impacted by a number of conditions including distance from base station and the number of users on the network.
The telco announced it was rolling out a 4G LTE network in February with hardware from Ericsson. Telstra switched on its first LTE-enabled base stations in May. The network is expected to be launched in major capital cities and selected regional centres by the end of the year.
Telstra’s will use its existing 1800MHz and 850MHz spectrums for the new mobile data network.
It must be noted that whether LTE can be classified as is still a contested topic.
The pilot is set to run from August 29 and 2000 LTE dualmode 4G.3G HSPA USB mobile broadband modems, provided by Sierra Wireless, will be available to Telstra business and enterprise customers.
Coverage will initially be available within 5km from the GPO in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
For now, only account managed business customers will be able to access the modems when they take on Telstra mobile broadband plans.
With a surging demand for more mobile data capacity, the big three major telcos have began making plans to rollout an LTE network.
In the face of repeated network failures, Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) teamed up with Huawei for a $1 billion project to implement an LTE network.
Optus is currently working with Nokia Siemens for LTE compatible packet core technology.