Telstra and Huawei conduct first Australian trials of LTE using 1800MHz band

2 Jul 2010

Telstra, Australia’s largest mobile network by subscribers, has announced that it has successfully demonstrated Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology using the 1800MHz spectrum band. Telstra is running trials of LTE in partnership with Chinese vendor Huawei, and with the pilot taking place in Victoria the operator has said it is looking to examine the possible application of the technology in the evolution of its NextG network. The 1800MHz trials will reportedly include tests of throughput using MIMO antenna configurations as well as several advanced features including Inter Cell Interference Coordination to reduce radio network interference and improve throughput, and Self Organising Networks where LTE network technology automatically optimises its performance, reducing operating costs while improving customer service. Michael Rocca, Telstra’s Chief Operations Officer, said of the development: ‘Our trials with Huawei are giving us valuable insights into the potential of LTE technology at 1800MHz and helping Telstra understand how we can make best use of both existing and potential future spectrum assets to continue to deliver a world class mobile broadband service.’