Telecom equipment provider Ericsson announced it has helped Australian telecommunications provider Telstra (News - Alert) deploy LTE- Advanced (LTE-A) Carrier Aggregation technology on 1800MHz and 900MHz spectrum bands on a commercial network.
LTE Advanced is the next gen communications technology that takes advantage of the advanced topology networks, optimized heterogeneous networks with a mix of macrocells with low power nodes such as picocells, femtocells and new relay nodes. The technology also introduces multicarrier to be able to use ultra wide bandwidth, up to 100 MHz of spectrum supporting very high data rates.
Thanks to this partnership, Telstra becomes the first to use the LTE (News - Alert)-A Carrier Aggregation technology on 1800MHz and 900MHz spectrum bands on a commercial network when it transferred data across its live network on a number of sites in Queensland (Australia) carrying commercial traffic.
Telstra opted LTE Advanced solution to meet the demands created by the growing number of subscribers. The company’s LTE subscriber numbers are growing dramatically, with nearly 3 million subscribers currently using the LTE network, up from 2.1 million six months ago.
Mike Wright, executive director Networks, Telstra, said, “The capacity, higher data speeds and efficiencies provided by LTE-Advanced will help manage growth in data traffic as more customers choose our network. This will allow us to continue providing additional capacity and high-quality service, and we look forward to working with Ericsson (News - Alert) to make this happen."
LTE Carrier Aggregation is the next step in the evolution of high-speed mobile broadband services, enabling operators to make the most of their existing spectrum assets by combining multiple spectrum bands to enable higher mobile broadband download speeds.
According to Ericsson, many operators across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji have spectrum available in the 1800MHz and 900MHz bands as they migrate subscribers from 2G to 3G or 4G. Many operators will be watching the Australian deployment of LTE-Advanced on these spectrum bands.
Recently, Ericsson announced it has successfully deployed an ultra-high speed LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) commercial service network for South Korean wireless service provider LG U+.
The service allows LG U+ provide high-speed mobile broadband services like high-definition video, voice and data by supporting 150Mbps throughput – twice and 10 times the speed of LTE and 3G services, respectively, and faster than fixed broadband line (100Mbps) by 50Mbps.
Edited by Rich Steeves