Telstra has today announced plans to move beyond their 4GX network, with updates to their network in a move towards 5G.
Telstra has announced that they will be deploying Cat9 LTE-A in capital cities around Australia by April 2015. Telstra has also announced that the first handsets capable of using the expanded capacity will begin to arrive later this year.
Telstra’s Cat9 LTE network will offer a 20+20+20MHz Tri-band carrier aggregation to achieve speeds up to 450Mbps.
Telstra will also begin adding LTE-Broadcast and Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) capability to their entire 4G network, with VoLTE to launch to consumers later this year. VoLTE will be available to a number of handsets after a software update and Telstra will announce more on this as the launch approaches.
Telstra will also be moving towards launching a 5G network here in Australia in 2020, working with Ericsson to build a customised 5G network for Telstra customers. The move towards 5G will mean an overhaul of the network to ensure a consistent end-to-end experience for customers.