In an Australian first, Telstra and Huawei, a provider of next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, successfully demonstrated Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology operating on the 1800MHz spectrum.
Globally, the 800MHz spectrum is used for 2G GSM services and is an integral part of the world standards for LTE technology. As operators move to deploy LTE networks, it is expected that this spectrum will complement the 2600MHz spectrum and the 700MHz band anticipated to be made available through the digital dividend.
Michael Rocca, Telstra chief operations officer, said that exploring LTE’s performance across a variety of frequency bands is critical to creating deployment options that will bring the best outcomes for operators and customers.
“Our trials with Huawei are giving us valuable insights into the potential of LTE technology at 1800MHz and helping Telstra understand how we can make best use of both existing and potential future spectrum assets to continue to deliver a world class mobile broadband service,” Rocca said.
Peter Rossi, CTO of Huawei Technologies, Australia, said: “Working with Telstra is a great opportunity for Huawei to show the flexibility of its advanced technology solutions and industry leading LTE feature set. We look forward to ongoing co-operation with Telstra in the years ahead.”
Telstra and Huawei are trialling LTE technology in Victoria to understand the technology’s characteristics and application in the evolution of the Next G network.
The 1800MHz evaluation will include tests of throughput using MIMO antenna configurations as well as several industry leading advanced features including Inter Cell Interference Coordination to reduce radio network interference and improve throughput, and Self Organising Networks where LTE network technology automatically optimises its performance, reducing operating costs while improving customer service.