|Ericsson and Telstra World's First to Deliver Mobile Broadband at 21Mbps in Commercial Network|
Australia’s leading mobile group Telstra, which has the world’s fastest 3G network, has made another leap ahead and commercially launched HSPA+ services, with support from Swedish infrastructure vendor Ericsson. The upgrade of its NextG network with HSPA Evolution (HSPA+) technology boosts peak mobile downlink speeds from 7.2 Mbps to 21 Mbps, three times faster that the fastest speeds currently available. Ericsson’s sophisticated radio signalling can further boost the data rate to up to 42 Mbps, which Telstra plans to implement next year. Qualcomm provides Telstra with its MDM8200 chipset that supports HSPA+ data cards, USB sticks and embedded modules, and Sierra Wireless supplies its HSPA+-enabled broadband wireless modems.
Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Telstra have achieved an industry first: the successful activation of HSPA Evolution functionality capable of peak network speeds up to 21 Mbps into the Telstra Next G(TM) commercial network and the world's first data call on the newly-enabled network. For the first time, a commercial network makes use of the enhanced, standardized improvements called HSPA Evolution.
This enhancement adds a new dimension to broadband experience with the capability for significantly faster internet browsing and file download, even faster than many fixed broadband connections. With HSPA Evolution, operators will increase the capacity in the networks and reduce the costs to deliver Mobile Broadband services.
Michael Rocca, Group Managing Director, Telstra Networks & Services says, "HSPA Evolution is live and working for the first time anywhere in the world in a commercial network on the Telstra Next G(TM) network in Australia," Michael says. "Ericsson and Telstra are seeing great results ahead of upcoming trials and device deployment."
Mike Wright, Executive Director Telstra Wireless made the first data call on the Next G(TM) network in Brisbane, Queensland at 16:00 AEST on 5 December 2008. Trials of the 21Mbps mobile broadband service on the Next G(TM) network will begin this month with a full commercial launch to follow early next year.
"Ericsson continues to bring the best possible Mobile Broadband experience to consumers all over the world," says Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio, Ericsson. "Ericsson has an impressive list of HSPA world-first records, including the first commercial HSPA network, first live with HSPA on the Uplink and also first with 5.8Mbps on the Uplink. With our achievement of 21Mbps in Telstra's network we continue Ericsson's technology leadership in the Mobile Broadband area. We thank Telstra for the close co-operation to reach this milestone."
Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. The market leader in 2G and 3G mobile technologies, Ericsson supplies communications services and manages networks that serve more than 195 million subscribers. The company's portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, and broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and developers. The Sony Ericsson joint venture provides consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.