Telekom Austria has announced the successful completion of a Long Term Evolution (LTE) trial. The telco performed a live LTE video call between technical engineers driving a bus in Vienna’s 21st District, one of the company’s main LTE test areas, and counterparts in the provincial capitals of Graz, Klagenfurt, Linz, Salzburg and Innsbruck.
The LTE transmitters currently cover a few test areas in Vienna´s 2nd and 21st Districts and in St. Pölten in Lower Austria. The LTE transmitters, as well as nearly 1,000 further base stations, are connected via a high performance fibre-optic network. After experiencing an unparalleled surge in data volumes in recent years Telekom Austria has turned to LTE for its next generation of networks. As of March 2010 the telco claimed mobile broadband customers had reached 590,100. Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO at Telekom Austria commented: ‘We expect data volumes to continue to surge going forward. Such sharp rises in data traffic will only be able to be managed by combining the latest mobile and fixed net technologies based on so-called air-to-fiber solutions.’