Telstra tests LTE-Advanced, hits 450Mbps on live network
In the US, AT&T has quietly turned LTE-A on in select markets, but since the only device that can use the even faster LTE data service is the mobile hot-spot AT&T Unite Pro, there is no apparent rush to aggregate the service at the moment.
The first widely functional LTE-A network was launched by SK Telecom in South Korea a year ago along with an LTE-A capable Samsung Galaxy S4 to start burning up the airwaves. Telstra, Australia’s largest wireless carrier, has been testing faster network technologies and it has announced that it was able to achieve 450Mbps data speeds on a live network.
The speeds were achieved through aggregated spectrum in the 1800MHz and 2600MHz frequency bands using switchgear from Ericsson. With 20MHz channels in use, there were essentially three side-by-side lanes for data to flow. While 450Mbps falls shy of the record set by Sprint and Nokia, the difference is that Telstra’s tests were not conducted in a lab environment.
As you might expect, commercial throughput will not be that fast, but the expectation is to be able to deliver data speeds at triple the speeds available today. The test was designed to see how far the technology would go before a mass investment is made.
The good news is that carrier aggregation is working, the bad news is that customers are still a few years away from having LTE-Advanced offered to them.
1. apple4never (Posts: 993; Member since: 08 May 2013)
so this lte speed will be able to let a phone with just normal lte operate at peak speeds? if you get what I'm trying to say
2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3803; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
With the high prices of mobile data, how much does having some super speed LTE even matter?
3. hassoups (Posts: 398; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)
Thankfully texts, data, and calls are almost free in the great Down Under.
4. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3803; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
So there are still unlimited data plans Down Under?
11. hassoups (Posts: 398; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)
depends on your plan, but it's dirt cheap even if you don't go for unlimited. Calls and texts are free on almost every plan too.
6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9078; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) plays a role, but AT&T and Verizon are on be with their pricing.
7. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1313; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
wow its must of been speedier down there. \|/
8. Salazzi (Posts: 302; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)
In other words, your 2GB plan would run out in exactly 36.41 seconds. Or if you share 10GB you'll run out in 182.04 seconds/3.03 minutes. What will it take until the consumer realizes these companies are out of touch with reality? It's cheaper today to provide mass data than it was 10 years ago. Sadly, few are "nerds" and as such, when Verizon and AT&T were pushing their 2GB plans, most didn't know what it was but accepted the bullcrap when both companies lied with a straight face, saying most don't even use that much data. Realistically we are paying almost the same per line as friggin cable for home (TWC offers 50 Mbps or 100 Mbps for $65/month) yet get breadcrumbs for the price. If you were to use your phone as you would your computer, or simply not use home wifi and use only cellular data, most consumers would easily run over 50GB in a month. Streaming videos, music, etc consumes a lot of data. I put a meter on my dads laptop to see how much a consumer would use up, doing the most basic of things. He only browses webpages and watches youtube (youtube being the most data intensive thing he does) and he easily runs up 15-20GB in a month with a few hours here and there in a day of these minor things. Imagine streaming netflix. An average netflix video at 1080p is 4-5GB. Lets say you watch 3 movies a week.. and that's already 48-60GB just from netflix. Now lets say you stream your music and add some youtube, download some attachments, etc.. and you might as well revise my previous statement that most users use 50GB, to 100GB. That's PER USER (though you might be watching the netflix together). It's ridiculous that all these companies are pushing crap "to the cloud", from our word documents, to our music and files, but at the same time are we able to freely access this data? No. You stream music? It counts against your data allotment. download your homework? Goes against your data allotment. Verizon and AT&T are trying to fight against the future, they're trying to keep us in the past. It all began when the first iPhone came out and AT&T's network got bogged down. It dawned on them.. this was the future. The consumer would be able to access their network and truly use their phones as a computer, and this scared them. They were used to continuously charging customers for the same level of service, year after year. This showed them that they would have to actually IMPROVE their networks instead of keeping the same crap in place for 10+ years. And while things improve around us, with everything going online and everything we do and access becoming more resource intensive, does our data allotment go up? No. We have the same paltry nonsense but it'll continue so long as the consumer continues to prefer to remain ignorant, and willfully bends over to get shafted.
9. seret6 (Posts: 46; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)
after reading ur comment, i would just like to add that theres no 3g (still in testing mode ) data plans, and even if there were people would simply prefer wifi
12. networkdood (Posts: 6329; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Well, T Mobile has 4G data plans that turn to 2G, depending on plan...and how much you use...