Telstra uses LTE-A Carrier Aggregation technology using 900MHz and 1800MHz bands

13 Aug 2013

Swedish vendor Ericsson claims that Australian mobile network operator Telstra has become the first to use the LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) Carrier Aggregation technology on 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum bands on a commercial network. Noting that milestone was actually achieved on 31 July 2013, it was revealed that Telstra at that date transferred data across its live network on a number of sites in Queensland (Australia) carrying commercial traffic.

Commenting on the development, Mike Wright, Executive Director Networks at Telstra, said: ‘The capacity, higher data speeds and efficiencies provided by LTE-A 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 … When we get access to 700MHz spectrum in 2015 we also intend to deploy the next-generation of LTE-A by combining larger blocks of spectrum in the 700MHz and 1800MHz bands to deliver blistering peak speeds in the theoretical range of 300Mbps.’

Australia, Ericsson, Telstra (incl. Belong)