Telstra rolls out trial of 4G on 700MHz in Sydney and Melbourne

Telstra rolls out trial of 4G on 700MHz in Sydney and Melbourne

The commercial trial will take place in selected areas of Sydney and Adelaide

Telstra has expanded its commercial trial of next generation 4G services on the 700MHz spectrum to selected areas of Sydney and Adelaide.

Once switched on, customers using compatible devices in these trial locations will experience the fastest mobile data speeds in Australia, according to a company statement.

The commercial trials will start in mid-September

Services on 700MHz spectrum will also be rolled out in more cities and regional centres as spectrum becomes available in January 2015.

This extends the number of commercial trial cities to eight, with commercial services already being tested in Perth, Fremantle, Esperance, Mildura, Mt Isa and Griffith.

Telstra group managing director, networks, Mike Wright, said the expansion of commercial trials on 700MHz was an important step in the development of this new 4G technology and that it would ensure Telstra could provide full commercial services to its customers as soon as possible.

“We are excited to offer customers in these parts of Sydney and Adelaide, with compatible devices, an early view on the future of 4G technology and the opportunity to experience the fastest mobile data speeds in Australia”, he said.

“In addition to faster download speeds, the use of low band spectrum like 700 MHz allows for the signal to travel further and reach deeper into buildings, improving the depth of coverage for our customers.

He said Telstra also had double the holdings of 700 MHz spectrum than the other carriers.

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"This combined with our existing 4G services, doubles the 4G capacity of our network in these areas, and means we can support more customers, using more devices, doing more things at the same time," he said.

"This is particularly important given the continued explosion of mobile data.”

The new 4G service will be available immediately to customers using 700 MHz-ready devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, HTC One (M8) and HTC Desire 610 smartphones and compatible mobile Wi-Fi devices in these locations.

A range of additional smartphones and other connected devices compatible with 700MHz 4G is expected in the coming month.

Access to the 700 MHz band is made possible due to the provision of a licence from the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

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Tags networksPerthMt IsaMilduraMike WrightHTC One (M8)Samsung Galaxy S5LG G3HTC Desire 610GriffithEsperanceTelstra group managing directorFremantle

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