Telstra launches the world’s first Gigabit LTE network in Australia
Now I feel a little regretful upon the fact that Telstra have cancelled their plans to enter Philippine telecom industry, because of this.
Last October 2016, Qualcomm announced that it is partnering with Netgear, Ericsson, and Telstra to roll out the world’s first Gigabit LTE network in Australia. In an event in Sydney, Telstra has announced that the network is now operational. The carrier showed off demos of the network in action, with download speeds over 930Mbps and uploads of almost 130Mbps.
Just saw a demo of Australia’s upcoming 5G Gigabit LTE network. So Fast with a 900Mbps download! #gigabitLTE #Qualcomm #Ericsson #Telstra pic.twitter.com/xUENcZb2hw
— GadgetGuy.com.au (@GadgetGuySite) January 30, 2017
Now available in select areas in central Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne, the network offers theoretical transfer speeds of up to 1Gbps, several times faster than existing 4G networks.
The first device to support Gigabit LTE speeds is Netgear’s Nighthawk M1 mobile router. The router features a Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, which offers 4X4 MIMO, and 4-band carrier aggregation. The portable router can connect up to 20 devices, and has a built-in battery that is rated for up to 24 hours of continuous use.
The router can even charge your mobile device while delivering Gigabit-class speeds, and comes with two USB ports (Type A and C) along with an Ethernet port. The router will be available starting next month for AUD360 ($270) outright, and there’s also the option of bundling it through Telstra’s plans.
As for smartphones, Qualcomm’s upcoming flagship tier SoC, the Snapdragon 835 will be packing the same X16 LTE modem for its internals, so expect future handsets with the chipset to take advantage of gigabit LTE networks too.
We’ll see which ISP will offer the next gigabit LTE soon as we are nearing into the launch of 5G network.