Friday , October 20 2017

Telstra brands its 700Mhz LTE service “4GX” – better coverage and better speeds

Telstra 4GX

Telstra today unveiled the official name for its new 4G service, running on the 700 Mhz spectrum and due to start rolling out in the coming months. Named 4GX, you could read the ‘X’ as ‘eXtra’, giving more speed and more coverage, and will also cover aggregation services between the carrier’s new 700 and existing 1800 Mhz services.

The switch has also been flipped today on 4GX services in some areas of Hobart today and Brisbane gets to join the party on Wednesday. It’s not just capital cities getting in on the 4GX action either, with Telstra announcing that services would be switched on in Albany, Ulladulla, Murray Bridge, Narrawallee, Shepparton, Bateman’s Bay, Swansea, Bunbury, Port Macquarie and Chinchilla this week. The 4GX branding will be used to indicate to customers where the new services are available.

Telstra 4GX VoLTE demonstration

Telstra’s keen to push the possibilities offered by Category 4 and Category 6 devices running on the 4GX network, with Galaxy Note 4 devices in the room scoring big marks on speed tests – though officially, Telstra’s saying that Category 6 devices will get between 2Mbps and 100Mbps. We’ve seen some stellar results from the device from our readers (and rest assured, Telstra also noticed those tweets).

Telstra 4GX speed test on Note 4

Discussing future possibilities that are allowed by the 4GX service, we were also treated to Telstra’s first public demonstration of a Voice over LTE call with both voice and video calling, switching between circuit-switched and IP-based networks without dropping the call. Mention was also made of LTE Broadcast experiments going on at major sporting events around the country, including upcoming tests at some of Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival events.

Finally, what good would a super fast network be without a device with which to test it? Unfortunately Telstra didn’t give us all a Galaxy Note 4 (nor a Nexus 6), but they did give us their latest LTE hotspot device, the soon-to-be-released Wi-Fi 4G Advanced II, manufactured by Netgear (according to the sticker on the box, it’s actually Netgear’s recently-released Aircard 790S.

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We’ll be taking Telstra’s 4GX network out for a spin over the next couple of weeks using the 4G Advanced II hotspot and seeing how it performs.

Are you keen to get on board Telstra’s new 4GX network? Tell us in the comments!

 

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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20 Comments on "Telstra brands its 700Mhz LTE service “4GX” – better coverage and better speeds"

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Duncan_J
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Duncan_J

Hi Jason and team,

any chance you could do a run down on the different carriers the current and announced bands (again) and then which recent devices work? I find tracking this stuff like calculus, i sort of know it but I’m never certain Ive got it right.

Member

Why do these marketing bunnies have to come up with a fancy name for something that is just another LTE band??

BeauGiles
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Just like Optus’ 4G Plus?

Makes it easy to differentiate between old and new devices and networks they support though

Member

But it’s just another LTE band. A bit like AT&T saying the 21Meg 3G service is 4G when it wasn’t.. Here in NZ it’s just LTE 4G on all carriers on the 700, 1800 or 2600 bands.

James
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James

It’s LTE Advanced, the next evolution of LTE

Jimmy
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Jimmy

And only $10 a kilobyte! Should you exceed your monthly allowance of 30kb, you will be charged $5 for each byte.

Fred
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Fred

Should have branded it “4GNope” as in “nope, you can’t use it”.

Tim Kelly
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Tim Kelly

Interesting. I was around the St Ives area some 2-3 weeks ago and did a speed test and to my amazement I got 99Mbps down. I didn’t believe it so walked around and did another test with the same result.

TheDeviant
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TheDeviant

I’ll be heading over to Brisbane on Thursday. I’ll make sure to upload a couple of pics to test the new 700Mhz service from my Nexus 5.

Mr. Marschel
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Mr. Marschel

The Nexus 5 isn’t capable of this frequency.

TheDeviant
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TheDeviant

GSM arena says that it is… Doh!

Mr. Marschel
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Mr. Marschel

But not band 28… So good luck in getting conected…

Rob Wallace
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Rob Wallace

Do you have a list of all the 4G 700MHz compatible devices? My (now dead) G3 was one I think?

Will Dutton
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Will Dutton

this would be very helpful

Lee C
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Lee C

Not that hard to find that info. Compatible handsets include Iphone 6, galaxy s5, HTC One M8, LG G3, Galaxy Note 4

Mr. Marschel
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Mr. Marschel

Not to forget the Nexus 6, Huawei E5786 (aka Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced Pro X), Netgear AirCard 785S (Telstra 4G My Pocket Ultimate Wi-Fi) and ZTE MF910 (Telstra 4G My Pocket Wi-Fi Plus).

Will Dutton
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Will Dutton

good work

Member

Note 4 is the first to fully support the 700mhz+1800mhz aggregation.

Lee C
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Lee C

No it isn’t

Phil
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Phil

I was gonna buy a new hotspot device.. Will this one be available outright?

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