Telstra Announces 4G LTE Network At #MWC11

Today Australian carrier Telstra announced that they are rolling out 4G LTE to their customers in Australia before the end of 2011.

Telstra will be upgrading their current Next G network in central Australian business districts to 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution). Their plan is to upgrade their existing 1800 mhz spectrum to boost data speeds were traffic is most congested. They will integrate their current HSPA+ network as well which operates at 850mhz.

Telstra will start selling dual mode HSPA+/LTE devices by the end of the year but the existing networks will remain in place for  customers not looking to upgrade their devices.

“We see the integration of LTE technology into the Next G™ network as a way to continue to deliver high quality services and meet growing customer demand, and we are very happy to bring this service to Australia thanks to a partnership with our long-time collaborators Ericsson, Sierra Wireless and Qualcomm,” CEO David Thodey said.

Telstra will develop their 4G/LTE network with partners Sierra Wireless, Ericcson and Qualcomm for both network and devices.

Telstra already delivers a portfolio of good Android devices to their Australian customers including: the HTC Wildfire, Sony Xperia x10, Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Desire, Motorola Defy, LG Optimus GT540f and the Sony Ericsson X10 mini pro.

There have been reports that Telstra will receive the Samsung Galaxy S 2 along with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Motorola Xoom.

Source: Telstra

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