Telstra has announced the launch of commercial LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services under the ‘4GX’ banner, which will utilise the operator’s 700MHz and 1800MHz spectrum to ‘deliver higher typical mobile speeds on compatible devices’. With LTE-A having already been soft-launched in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and ten regional centres, Telstra has announced the switch on of its 4GX services in parts of Hobart and Brisbane. With LTE-A services having been made available in the Central Business District (CBD) and 13 surrounding suburbs in Hobart, selected parts of Brisbane (including the CBD and nine surrounding suburbs) are expected to benefit from the increased speeds offered by the technology this week. Other locations around the country to also gain access to 4GX services this week have been named as: Albany, Ulladulla, Murray Bridge, Narrawallee, Shepparton, Bateman’s Bay, Swansea, Bunbury, Port Macquarie and Chinchilla. Looking further ahead, coverage is expected to be extended to all capital CBDs and 50 ‘regional locations’ by January 2015, before the higher speeds are made available across Telstra’s mobile footprint ‘over time’.
Commenting on the development, Andrew Volard, Director of Devices at Telstra, was cited as saying: ‘4GX sets a new benchmark in mobile internet speeds in Australia allowing people to download, share, stream and connect faster and more reliably than ever … 4GX also allows our customers to experience 4G in more places, with the low band spectrum offering extra in-building coverage and creating better 4G coverage in rural and regional areas than our existing 4G.’