Telstra and Ericsson report successful LTE-A trial

Telstra and Ericsson report successful LTE-A trial

Australia’s Telstra and Swedish equipment provider Ericsson have completed a successful LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) trial on combined 1800MHz and 900MHz spectrum bands.

The trial, which the companies claim to be a world first on a commercial network, was carried out on July 31 this year in Queensland, Australia.

Telstra reportedly used LTE-A Carrier Aggregation technology – earmarked by Ericsson as the next step for high-speed mobile broadband – to transfer data across its live network on a number of sites in the region.

“The capacity, higher data speeds and efficiencies provided by LTE-Advanced will help manage growth in data traffic as more customers choose our network,” said Mike Wright, executive director of networks at Telstra.

“This will allow us to continue providing additional capacity and high-quality service, and we look forward to working with Ericsson to make this happen."

LTE-A technology is designed to allow operators to build on existing spectrum by combining multiple spectrum bands for the delivery of faster mobile broadband download speeds.

"Across the region and the globe, many operators have spectrum available in the 1800MHz and 900MHz bands as they migrate subscribers from 2G to 3G or 4G,” said Håkan Eriksson, head of Australia, New Zealand and Fiji at Ericsson.

“Many operators will be watching the Australian deployment of LTE-Advanced on these spectrum bands."

South Korea in particular has been making significant progress with LTE-A and earlier this year, SK Telecom announced the launch of what was thought to be the world’s first LTE-A network.