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Telstra Pushes Beyond 4G With 1 Gbps Testing

Telstra Pushes Beyond 4G With 1 Gbps TestingTelstra Operations group managing director of networks Mike Wright today announced the results off the testing via a blog post, which follow on from Telstra’s recent launch of a 600 Mbps-capable Category 11 device.

The 1 Gbps speed capability was achieved by aggregating 100 MHz of Telstra’s spectrum holdings across five separate 4G channels integrated on its commercial end-to-end network, Wright advised.

With LTE technology reaching speeds of 1 Gbps, Write wrote that it “could be argued to be finally moving beyond the 4G barrier”.

“Our end-to-end tests have been achieving amazing download speeds of over 950 Mbps using a specialised speed test application, so perhaps we can now say LTE has delivered on that original vision of 4G and we can now justifiably look beyond the term ‘4G’ to what comes next,” he wrote.

“Just as importantly, we have also been able to hit speeds of over 843 Mbps end-to-end over the internet to the speedtest.net site.”

As for when such a technology might become commercially available, Wright noted that there is still work to be done.

“Currently Telstra customers can access world-leading speeds on devices capable of up to 450 Mbps on compatible handsets and 600 Mbps on a mobile hotspot in selected 4GX coverage areas,” he wrote.

“No doubt we still have some work to do, however the days of commercial 1 Gbps services in the market are coming.”