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.
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
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