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Date: 12-08-13

Telstra uses LTE-A carrier aggregation technology from Ericsson

Australian telecommunications service provider Telstra has used latest LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) Carrier Aggregation technology on 1800MHz and 900MHz spectrum bands on a commercial network. Telstra transferred data across its live networks on its multiple sites in Queensland carrying commercial traffic using this carrier aggregation technology.

LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) Carrier Aggregation technology enables mobile communications service providers to combine their existing spectrum assets in offering high-speed mobile broadband services to its customers. Telstra has used its 1800 MHz and 900 MHz spectrum bands in offering LTE download speeds to its customers.

Mike Wright, Executive Director Networks, Telstra, says: "Telstra's LTE subscriber numbers are growing dramatically, with nearly 3 million subscribers currently using the LTE network, up from 2.1 million six months ago. The capacity, higher data speeds and efficiencies provided by LTE-Advanced will help manage growth in data traffic as more customers choose our network. This will allow us to continue providing additional capacity and high-quality service, and we look forward to working with Ericsson to make this happen."

"When we get access to 700MHz spectrum in 2015 we also intend to deploy the next-generation of LTE-Advanced by combining larger blocks of spectrum in the 700MHz and 1800MHz bands to deliver blistering peak speeds in the theoretical range of 300Mbps."

Håkan Eriksson, Head of Ericsson Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, says: "Across the region and the globe, many operators have spectrum available in the 1800MHz and 900MHz bands as they migrate subscribers from 2G to 3G or 4G. Many operators will be watching the Australian deployment of LTE-Advanced on these spectrum bands."

Ericsson has also supported LG U+ in South Korea to commercially launch LTE-Advanced using both 2100MHz and 850MHz bands.

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