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Telstra is again pushing the boundaries of what is possible on our mobile network, making the world’s first 2Gbps capable 4G data call using the live commercial network.

Together with technology partners Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Telstra has made the world’s first 2Gbps capable 4G data call using our mobile network in the regional centre of Toowoomba in Queensland.

This call follows the 2Gbps speed demonstration at Mobile World Congress in February and the further testing in Sweden in June, and is the first time the technology has been taken out of the lab and deployed using a real commercial network.

This live call was achieved using Qualcomm Technologies’ mobile test platform powered by the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem, an Ericsson Radio System base-station Ericsson’s Network Software and Ericsson core network. The call highlights what is possible by aggregating five LTE carriers across three different frequency bands with each carrier using 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM technologies.

Success in 5G will depend on a strong underlying 4G network, and this world first 2Gbps capable LTE data call over Telstra’s live commercial network is an important step forward in the development of 5G.

Telstra has the commercial end-to-end network capability of delivering the world leading LTE speeds, and will now begin to deploy this technology in selected areas of our mobile network to support even greater capacity and faster mobile speeds for our customers.

We expect to deploy 2Gbps enabled 4G technology in select locations later in 2018. With the new 2Gbps capable NETGEAR Nighthawk Mobile Router expected to be available in the coming months, we are gearing up to launch the world’s fastest 4G device on Australia’s fastest mobile network. What’s more, we expect this device will likely be faster than some early 5G devices.

We are pleased to be working with Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies on what is another example of how Telstra is innovating at the cutting edge of mobile technology.

* Based on national average combined 3G/4G mobile speeds