Telstra has today unveiled the fastest wireless broadband modem on the planet capable of reaching speeds of up to 21Mbps.
Executive Director, Wireless Engineering and Operations, Mike Wright confirmed today that Telstra was on track to super charge Next G network speeds with the 21Mbps capability by the end of the year.
The company has hosted its first public enhanced HSPA (eHSPA) data session, showcasing the enhanced network speeds and demonstrating the capabilities of the super-fast new modem. Trials of the 21Mbps mobile broadband modem will begin in December with a full commercial launch to follow early next year.
“This is truly game-changing. The new technology will unlock opportunities for many of our customers by bridging the gap between wired and wireless broadband connectivity. The surge in available data speeds will allow more Australians to work away from the office. They will be equipped to integrate new applications – including web conferencing, live high definition streaming video, high-speed web browsing and seamless virtual private network access – into the way they do business on the move,” said Mike.
“While for consumers, it means access to a whole new world of internet-hosted mobile applications and the mainstream adoption of the mobile phone as the preferred way to access and browse the Internet and email in Australia. Working with our partners Sierra Wireless, Qualcomm and Ericsson, we have developed the world’s fastest mobile broadband device – almost three times faster than the fastest devices currently available – which will push the speed barrier to levels not seen anywhere else on earth.”
Mr. Wright also said that while the new, faster peak network speed was the headline benefit, eHSPA provides other critical enhancements to the Next G network.
“Apart from speeding up our already super-fast network, eHSPA gives us improved network efficiency to build capacity and maintain the quality of our service so we can continue to welcome customers to the Next G network,” added Mr. Wright.
Speeds represented are peak network downlink speeds. Actual customer download speeds will be less and will vary due to network configuration, congestion, distance from the cell, local conditions, hardware, software and other factors.