Ericsson on Monday said Australian telecoms Telstra has used LTE- Advanced (LTE-A) Carrier Aggregation technology on 1800MHz and 900MHz spectrum bands on a commercial network.
Telstra transferred data across its live network on a number of sites in Queensland (Australia) carrying commercial traffic on July 31, Ericsson said on Monday.
Telstra’s LTE subscriber number already increased to nearly 3 million from 2.1 million six months ago.
Mike Wright, executive director – Networks, Telstra, said the capacity, data speeds and efficiencies provided by LTE-Advanced will help manage growth in data traffic as more customers choose Telstra network.
Telstra is planning to deploy LTE-Advanced by combining larger blocks of spectrum in the 700MHz and 1800MHz bands to deliver 300Mbps speed when it get access to 700MHz spectrum in 2015.
Hakan Eriksson, head of Ericsson Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, said many telecom operators have spectrum in the 1800MHz and 900MHz bands as they migrate subscribers from 2G to 3G or 4G. Many operators will be watching the Australian deployment of LTE-Advanced on these spectrum bands.
Meanwhile, on July 18, Ericsson supported LG U+ in South Korea to commercially launch LTE-Advanced using both 2100MHz and 850MHz bands. ( LG U+ LTE-Advanced goes live with Ericsson )