Telstra has announced this morning that it has switched on its first 4G mobile base stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Yay for faster internets!
The LTE service is still expected to go live later this year - you can't actually go out and get on the network today, unfortunately. But it is an important first step for the next gen mobile technology.
According to Mike Wright, executive director Telstra Networks & Access Technologies in a statement:
“Ultimately, LTE will also provide faster data speeds, high quality video conferencing and faster response times for customers using mobile applications and the internet on this network. However, the biggest benefit it will bring is additional capacity, meaning more customers can do more things on the network at the same time.”
At the end of the year we'll start seeing dual mode LTE/HSPA+ mobile broadband devices from Sierra Wireless that will allow customers to connect to both the NextG and the new LTE network. Until then though, we'll just have to settle with the knowledge that faster mobile internet is coming soon. Ish.