Australia’s leading cellco by subscribers Telstra has announced the introduction of a 4G LTE Advanced Category 11 (Cat 11) 600Mbps capable device, in collaboration with NETGEAR, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies. The ‘Telstra WiFi 4GX Advanced III Mobile Broadband Hotspot’ uses tri-band carrier aggregation (3C) technology, while supporting up to 15 Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously. Further, the hotspot automatically switches between the operator’s 3G, LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) infrastructure in areas where the latter is not yet available. Initially, Telstra’s Cat 11-enabled footprint is concentrated on the Central Business Districts (CBDs) of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra, and in selected popular holiday locations. The network reach supporting Cat 11 speeds will continue to expand ‘in line with growing mobile data demand’.
Separately, ZDNet Australia reports that Telstra has claimed an Australian first with the commercial launch of voice-over-LTE (VoLTE). Telstra’s networks general managing director Mike Wright was cited as saying: ‘Starting today, we will be progressively enabling the new 4G calling capability, VoLTE, for Telstra Mobile post-paid customers with a compatible mobile handset.’ Looking ahead, Telstra is expected to subsequently enable VoLTE for enterprise and business customers, followed by pre-paid consumers, though no timeframes for such developments have been made public.