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We know a lot about firsts when it comes to Carrier Aggregation


Posted on September 23, 2014

3 min read

There has been a bit of talk lately about high speed mobile networks and the great news is, for Telstra customers it has been a reality for awhile now. In fact, we have the largest 300Mbps peak capable LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation coverage area in the world.

Despite what other people have said, Telstra was the first Australian carrier to launch commercial LTE-A carrier aggregation service in November last year. For those of you who read about it here on Telstra Exchange, we brought together our 900MHz and 1800MHz bands and had a commercially available Category 4 LTE-A device for customers to immediately see the improvements in speed and capacity.

Even though we had a carrier aggregation service in market, the innovation and development of the technology didn’t stop. We continued to test the limits, leading to the world’s first demonstration of speeds up to 300Mbps over a commercial network with non-commercial devices, and the world’s first speeds of 450Mbps with LTE-A.

This all lead to July this year, with the commercial launch of our world leading LTE-A carrier aggregation service using the 700MHz and 1800MHz bands in parts of Perth, Fremantle, Esperance, Mildura, Griffith and Mt Isa. This service supports peak network speeds of up to 300Mbps* and is now also available in parts of Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin, Sarina, Yamba and Bundaberg, with more than 20 additional locations to be added to the list by the end of the year.

More importantly, customers in these areas are able to benefit from the new service right now as we have had the world first Category 6 device, the Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced Pro, in our stores and in customers hands since April. With a LTE-A handset expected to hit the market soon, you can expect even more people benefiting from the technology.

And this is just the start of our LTE-A future.

Wherever Telstra deploys 700 MHz, the LTE- A service will be available. And since Telstra has double the 700 MHz spectrum of any other carrier, this will provide us with the ability to offer greater speeds and capacity to our customers.

Telstra is proud to be able to offer Australia’s best mobile network to our customers and invest the time and money to bring leading mobile innovations to life. We get the job done and this has lead to the creation of Australia’s largest mobile network that is faster in more places.

Breaking news, 23 Sep 2014

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has just been announced as Australia’s first carrier aggregation smartphone. It will be available with Telstra, Australia’s best and largest LTE-A mobile network and there will be more details to come soon. Stay up to date by registering for sales information at

* typical user speeds will be lower and depend in user device, location and other relevant factors.

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