Telstra is boosting the bandwidth, capacity and functionality of its 4GX coverage with a series of technology alliances including Ericsson, Qualcomm and Netgear.
The company will deploy a 450Mbps peak LTE-Advanced Cat 9 network capability in selected capital city CBDs by April 2015, with compatible devices available later in 2015.
It will also equipping LTE Broadcast technology across the Telstra 4G footprint by May 2015, ahead of commercial trials.
This will be followed by a full customer launch, planned for later in 2015.
Further, it will deploy Voice over LTE (VoLTE) across the Telstra 4G footprint by April 2015, ahead of a full commercial launch later in the year.
With the LTE Broadcast capability in place Telstra will be progressively enabling permanent LTE Broadcast channels at key venues and major events, initially for testing and then for customer access on compatible devices during 2015.
The LTE Broadcast trials run by Telstra and Ericsson in Australia have shown that three or four channels of video can be efficiently streamed along with complementary data channels.
This traffic used as little as 10 per cent of the 20 MHz carrier to cover all users.
The adoption of High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) compression further improves network efficiency and potential picture quality.
Telstra Group managing director networks, Mike Wright, said the upgrades would allow Telstra to maintain the reliability, performance and functionality of the network Australians have come to rely on and demand more from.
"Our customers have an almost insatiable demand for content, and we must provide a consistent, reliable and fast mobile data service to deliver it," he said.
"There is six million years' worth of internet video created per month around the world, and predictions that 4G traffic will be more than half of the total mobile traffic globally by 2017.
"By using the most advanced network technologies and features Telstra aims to deliver Australia's best mobile data experience."
Telstra will commence foundational 5G work with Ericsson ahead of an anticipated commercial network launch around 2020.
In a collaborative effort, teams from both organisations will work together on lab and field based testing, in addition to adapting the evolving 5G industry standards for the benefit of Telstra and its customers.
Wright said 5G world was rapidly moving from concept to reality.
"The earlier we start on the development and integration of the ecosystem into our current network operations, the better the outcome for our customers," he said.
"I am excited to see the outcomes of this collaboration with Ericsson and build on our already impressive history of mobile network innovation."
In addition to work on 5G for the Telstra Mobile Network, there will be a specific focus on preparing the core network to ensure there is a complete end to end solution.
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