• Ericsson’s high performance LTE- Advanced Carrier Aggregation technology enables ultra-fast speeds on Category 9 devices on Telstra’s 4G service on the Telstra Mobile Network
  • With ultra-fast speeds and extra network capacity on the 4G service in 4GX coverage areas, Telstra customers with compatible Category 9 devices may notice the difference when viewing their favorite video apps and media browsing
  • LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation ensures efficient use of valuable spectrum assets

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Telstra announce another milestone in the delivery of advanced network speeds on Telstra’s 4G service in 4GX areas.

In May 2014, Ericsson and Telstra demonstrated the world’s first peak network speeds of up to 450 Mbps utilizing the 4GX service on the Telstra Mobile Network with LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation.

Today, Ericsson welcomes the announcement that Telstra will be the first Australian operator to offer this capability commercially, coinciding with the release of “Category 9” devices into the Australian market. With these devices, Australians will be able to tap into the extreme speeds available in Telstra’s network. With three band carrier aggregation capabilities, Telstra can combine its 2600 MHz, 1800 MHz and 700 MHz spectrum assets to deliver ultra-fast speed to users with the new devices in select locations around Australia.

Mike Wright, Group Managing Director of Networks at Telstra Operations, says: “Since achieving peak network speeds of up to 450Mbps* on our 4G service in 4GX coverage areas, we have been testing compatibility with Category 9 devices and we are confident that they will deliver customers a superior experience."

Håkan Eriksson, CEO of Ericsson Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, says; “Combining three 20 MHz carriers provides peak throughput speeds of up to 450 Mbps* and boosts capacity of the mobile network, allowing it to carry traffic more effectively.

“With improved data rates, spectrum can be used more efficiently, offering space for more users and more traffic. Allowing more people to experience data rich apps without disruption in peak times,” said Eriksson.

Ericsson is the market leader in LTE. Ericsson powers the world’s first two commercially launched LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation networks in South Korea. More than 190 LTE RAN and Evolved Packet Core networks have been delivered worldwide, of which more than 130 have gone live commercially. Ericsson is present today in all high-traffic LTE markets including the US, Japan, South Korea, Australia and Canada, and has been selected by ten of the top 10 LTE operators as ranked by LTE subscriptions worldwide. We expect to hold 25 percent of all essential patents in LTE, both for TDD and FDD mode, and we support common hardware and software for FDD and TDD systems, giving operators maximum flexibility in their FDD and TDD deployment.

* typical user speeds will be lower and depend on factors such as location and network conditions, and, when customers use a Wi-Fi device, the total number of users connected to the device.


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