Telstra claims world first test of 42Mbps HSPA+ on own network

17 Dec 2009

Australian incumbent Telstra has claimed to be the first operator in the world to test HSPA+ dual carrier 42Mbps technology outside of vendor laboratories, according to iTWire. The telco says that it has been testing the technology over its own test network in Parramatta, with Mike Wright, the operator’s director of wireless, noting: ‘It is our intention to be the first with a commercial service. We are certainly the first to test it outside vendor labs in our own environment.’ No date for the launch of commercial services using HSPA+ at the higher speeds has been announced however, with Wright adding: ‘We will make announcements in the new year about commercial device availability. We are now at the point where the software upgrade is coming to completion and that enables us to test the new [42Mbps] devices early next year.’ However, the executive did reveal that the likely rollout strategy will be similar to that employed when the telco upgraded to 21Mbps, with major capitals and regional centres targeted first.

Australia, Telstra (incl. Belong), Telstra Mobile