Telstra has completed the trialling of Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile technology, completing a six month trial that demonstrated downlink speeds of 149.4Mbps.Telstra’s six month test, starting in May, was supported by Ericsson, Nokia-Seimens networks and Huawei and ran in 2.6GHz and 1.8GHz spectrums. While peak downlink speeds reached nearly 150Mbps, peak uplink speeds reached 59Mbps, altogether more than triple the speeds seen on current 3G technology.
According to a study by telecom analyst, Ovum, current network technology will be sufficient for the next five years, and LTE will only be adopted if “it makes good economic sense.”
A Huawei spokesperson said that the trials gave them a chance to prove their infrastructure’s potential to Telstra. Huawei currently supplies WiMAX wireless broadband in Perth through provider, vividwireless.
According to the spokesperson, operators like Telstra may adopt LTE technology, but it will have to wait two to three years as operators wish to make the most of their 3G network infrastructure before switching over.