450 Mbps capability enabled in selected areas of Telstra’s 4GX network from April – ready for device delivery to Australia mid-2015. Telstra observed 600Mbps interoperability demonstration showing the future potential of LTE Carrier Aggregation. Voice and video calling over LTE (VoLTE) network trial in April, leading up to commercial services later in 2015. Ericsson technology to power Telstra’s high-performing networks to deliver the best user experience for Australian customers

Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications company, and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) are deploying the latest generation LTE radio and core network technology to deliver Telstra customers a leading user experience on one of the most advanced mobile networks.

Building on Telstra’s current 300 Mbps capability, the introduction of 3-band Carrier Aggregation capability will enable Telstra’s 4GX network for even faster theoretical peak speeds of up to 450 Mbps. This capability delivers Telstra customers a superior mobile network experience, enabling them to enjoy faster media downloads and better application performance. The introduction of 450 Mbps capability leverages Telstra’s investment in new 700 MHz and 2600 MHz spectrum, which individually and combined deliver both excellent coverage and extra capacity.

Mike Wright, Group Managing Director Networks, Telstra, says: "Enabling networks to run faster also means increasing the capacity of the network to deliver data-rich applications, such as video. With 450 Mbps, the capacity of the network, along with the latest mobile voice technology, enables Telstra to continue to deliver a high-quality experience to customers, even as subscriber numbers and data use grows."

"Whilst we are to deliver 450Mbps speeds in 2015, we are keeping an eye on future innovations such as 600Mbps. Whilst not ready for commercial deployment it is exciting to see how quickly network technology evolves and Telstra will again be there right at the forefront."

In addition to this extreme speed, Telstra is also bringing to market the latest capability in mobile voice technology with voice over LTE (VoLTE). VoLTE will continue to deliver the high definition voice quality Telstra is known for, faster call-setup times, simultaneous access to LTE data (no need to fall back to 3G), while also enabling high-quality video communication and other innovative services for consumers and enterprise users. Ericsson and Telstra will kick off an extensive network trial of VoLTE in April 2015, including both voice and video calling over LTE, followed by full commercial launch later in the year.

Håkan Eriksson, Head of Ericsson Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, says: "Mobile broadband users expect a high-quality user experience and with the deployment of super-fast data services and IP-based communication services using the latest generation Ericsson radio and core network solutions, Telstra will be able to deliver a superior user experience to their customers."

The VoLTE solution is built on the Ericsson IMS solution, providing converged high-quality communication services, such as HD voice, video calling, video conferencing and collaboration services on both mobile and fixed networks.

Ericsson at Mobile World Congress 2015

During Mobile World Congress During Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, Ericsson is showing world-leading technology, service capabilities, and innovations. The Networked Society is transforming entire industries. ICT tools have become fundamental everyday resources for businesses, people and society. We lead the way with hardware, services and software solutions that drive development in mobility, broadband and cloud, creating the foundation for new eco-systems, and transformation across industries. The change that transformation brings is in the hands of everyone. That is why we at Mobile World Congress this year will talk about how we enable change-makers in the Networked Society to advance digital experiences.

You can find us at MWC in Hall 2, Stand 2N60. Follow us during the event using @Ericsson and join the discussion using #MWC15. Insights from our experts and Networked Society evangelists are also published on our blog during the event.

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Our services, software and infrastructure – especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud – are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities.

With more than 110,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions – and our customers – stay in front.

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