Telstra and Nokia Siemens Networks have reported reaching speeds of up to 100Mbps in its long-term evolution (LTE) technology.The tests achieved 100Mbps download and 31Mbps upload over a distance of 75 kilometres in regional Victoria, the companies say.
The news comes as Telstra has been assured of being able to bid for LTE spectrum in future auctions – provided the historic weekend agreement on its role in the NBN becomes reality.
Average speeds attained in the trials were 88.1Mbps downlink and 29.6Mbps for uplinks.
The field trial was conducted between Mount Hope and Mount Burrumboot in central Victoria. It used Nokia Siemens’ commercially-available LTE-ready Flexi Multiradio base station and evolved packet core (EPC), with pre-commercial LTE dongles from third-party vendors.
Michael Rocca, Telstra chief operations officer, said the range testing was of critical importance for the future of LTE in regional Australia and the findings would be of great interest internationally.