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Telstra to deploy Ericsson LTE-Broadcast capability on 4GX

Brian Karlovsky | March 2, 2015
Telstra is boosting the bandwidth, capacity and functionality of its 4GX coverage with a series of technology alliances including Ericsson, Qualcomm and Netgear.

In collaboration with Ericsson, and Qualcomm, Telstra is building on the 4GX rollout to provide the world's first 20+20+20 MHz enabled three band Carrier Aggregation (capable of peak network speeds up to 450Mbps) coverage in selected capital city CBDs by April 2015, with compatible devices to follow later in 2015.

For customers with compatible devices, once they become available, LTE-A Cat 9 will increase the capacity, speed and reliability of the Telstra Mobile Network in selected areas.

Wright said the success of Telstra's 4GX service was proof of a never ending appetite for new devices using more data, with up to 30 percent of Telstra's 4G traffic moving to 4GX as soon as it was switched on.

"We are working with a range of device manufacturers to release LTE-A Cat 9 compatible devices, and anticipate the release of a Netgear hotspot device later this year," he said.

"In addition we're in discussions with a range of smartphone manufacturers about bringing Cat 9 handsets to Australia with the first expected to be onmarket as early as the end of 2015.

Telstra has also been leading the development of LTE Broadcast (LTE-B) technology, since the world's first stadium trial in January 2014, including completing an end-to-end LTE-B call using the next generation H.265 codec to transmit LTE-B onto a commercial grade device.

The company will play a major role in a user group of world leading operators, vendors and internet players to grow and align the LTE-B ecosystem.

Wright said the company had completed successful closed trials of the technology, most recently at the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

"Our LTE-B technology has matured to a point where it's time to share the benefits with our customers, with full integration of LTE-B functionality to be completed in May," he said.

"From May we will be progressively enabling permanent LTE-B channels at key venues and major events, initially for testing and then for customer access on compatible devices later in 2015.

Once launched, customers with compatible devices will have access to dedicated high quality content to complement the "event experience".

According to a company statement, Telstra already has a range of device models capable of supporting LTE-B.

This range is set to grow further during 2015.

As these devices are tested for compatibility, simple software downloads will enable customers to experience LTE-B where available.

It will also will enable VoLTE capabilities across its 4G coverage area in April 2015, initially trialling the services on the more than 10 smartphones on its network that are capable of supporting VoLTE, following a software update.

This will expand on the extensive testing completed in 2014 and lead towards a commercial launch later in the year.


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