Hong Kong-based cellco CSL New World Mobility has announced that it is preparing to launch a trial of Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile technology, reports Telecomasia. CSL, a subsidiary of Australia’s Telstra, made the statement at the opening day of the Mobile Asia Congress held in Hong Kong, and is thought to be looking to claim merit for Asia’s first commercial trial of the ‘4G’ platform. The company’s CEO Tarek Robbiati said that it would begin an LTE trial ‘shortly’ in Kowloon Bay. Robbiati added that CSL was ready for LTE thanks to its all-IP HSPA+ upgrade earlier this year, but would not say when it planned to launch the service, ‘because we like to surprise our competitors’. CSL will also open an LTE technology centre in Kowloon Bay next week, the CEO said.