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Telstra revealed that it has carried out the world’s first over-the-air testing on a live commercial network of its HSPA+ Dual Channel technology.In an online post by Telstra’s Chief Operations Officer, Michael Rocca, he said that the test used an advanced pre-production model of a USB mobile broadband device that is Dual Channel-enabled.

“Development of the commercial version of this device is nearing its final stages and we expect the modems to hit shelves later this year,” said Rocca.

“Last week’s test in a good signal environment under controlled conditions averaged download speeds of about 22Mbps, approximately double those experienced under the same conditions at the same location with a standard BigPond Elite HSPA+ rated device,” added Rocca.

The company claims that this live network test was important as it ‘served to validate our expectations of the upgraded technology that we should see approximately double existing HSPA+ customer down load speeds in selected parts of the network when we bring this product to market.’

The typical user download speeds will be announced closer to the launch.

“Alongside Ericsson, our network partner; Qualcomm, who design and build our HSPA+ chipsets; and Sierra Wireless, manufacturers of the devices, we have a formidable team championing the technology in Australia for the rest of the world to follow. This is certainly one of the most rewarding parts of my job as Chief Operations Officer at Telstra,” concluded Rocca.

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