Telstra launching trial 700MHz LTE network in Sydney and Adelaide CBDs

27 Aug 2014

Australia’s largest cellco by subscribers, Telstra, has announced that ‘selected pockets’ of the Central Business Districts (CBDs) in Sydney and Adelaide will soon be able to access what it has termed ‘the next generation of 4G services’. With the operator noting that the development comes on the back of it having secured early access to the 700MHz spectrum for commercial trials starting in mid-September, Telstra has said that services using the aforementioned frequencies will be rolled out in more cities and regional centres as spectrum becomes available in January 2015.

The rollout of 700MHz LTE services in Sydney and Adelaide extends the number of commercial trial cities to eight; as previously reported by CommsUpdate, last month Telstra confirmed that it was conducting trials using 20MHz of spectrum in the 700MHz band in six locations, those being Perth, Fremantle, Esperance, Mildura, Mt Isa and Griffith.

Commenting on the benefits of the trial network, Telstra’s Group Managing Director Networks, Mike Wright, noted: ‘In addition to faster download speeds, the use of low band spectrum like 700MHz allows for the signal to travel further and reach deeper into buildings, improving the depth of coverage for our customers … Telstra also has double the holdings of 700MHz spectrum than the other carriers, and, 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.’

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