Telstra prepares to roll-out 4G / LTE trials in May

Telstra, Australia’s largest mobile operator, announced that it plans to start LTE (Long Term Evolution) trials as soon as May this year.

The Australian carrier has teamed-up with Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei, which will all provide equipment for the 4G / LTE trials.

Although “LTE will be an important evolution” for Telstra’s Next G network, Michael Rocca (the carrier’s COO) declares that “it won’t be a revolution because HSPA+ is already setting the benchmark for our customers’ experience.”

Telstra (which will soon launch the HTC Desire) didn’t say when it plans to launch a commercial LTE network, but it will most probably not happen this year.

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Meanwhile, SingTel’s Optus – Telstra’s main rival – has deployed LTE trials in Australia in November last yet, and it’s readying new trials for the next few months.

Via Press release

Author: Ilinca Nita

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