Telstra to launch 4G service end-August

Telstra will begin selling USB modems for its 4G network from August 29 but refuses to nominate the speeds the new network will achieve.Telstra chief executive David Thodey today said around 2000 Telstra USB 4G mobile broadband modems would be available to business and enterprise customers in a limited rollout of services ahead of a broader launch later this year.To read this report in The Australian in full, see:
Also see:Telstra rolling out 4G this month [AAP]
Telstra will start selling its new fourth generation (4G) wireless mobile internet technology to businesses in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane this month.The telco switched on the next generation wireless broadband technology — known as 4G or long term evolution technology (LTE) — in May and began sending data over the network in trials soon after. to launch LTE at end of month
Telstra is set to launch Long Term Evolution (LTE) products to business and enterprise customers in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney by the end of this month, the company announced today.After announcing plans to upgrade its network in February with Ericsson to support LTE, Telstra will now stock up 2000 mobile broadband USB dual mode LTE/3G HSPA modems to sell to business and enterprise customers from 29 August for what the company markets as 4G services. to launch Australia’s first commercial 4G/LTE device [news release]
Businesses in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane will be the first to experience 4G/LTE mobile broadband after Telstra announced it would commence selling Australia’s first commercial LTE device later this month.Telstra switched on its first 4G base stations, using Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, in May.Telstra’s CEO, David Thodey, announced today around 2000 Telstra USB 4G mobile broadband modems would be made available to business and enterprise customers from August 29 ahead of the national launch of 4G services later this year.”Telstra’s 4G-enabled network is the next generation in mobile broadband and is set to offer Australians an even faster mobile connection,” Mr Thodey said.”The commercial pilot will give some of our customers a taste of the faster speeds, greater capacity and quicker response times that can be available for mobile services on 4G ahead of our national launch in major capital cities and selected regional centres later this year.”Australian businesses already tell us they want fast, reliable mobile broadband with more than two million customers connecting to our network for internet on the go [1]. Our investment in next-generation 4G mobile technology will help meet Australia’s growing demand for faster speeds and create additional capacity in our network.”Telstra’s first 4G product, the Telstra 4G USB, will use dual mode 4G/3G HSPA technology enabling it to operate across the 1800MHz and 850MHz spectrum bands, giving customers the benefits of 4G connectivity where it is available and switchover to high-speed HSPA technology across the Telstra Mobile Network which reaches 99 per cent of the Australian population.The Telstra USB 4G will be available initially to account managed business customers. It can be purchased in conjunction with a range of plans including for $0 upfront on the $49 Telstra Mobile Broadband Standard Plan over 24 months (minimum total cost $1,176) with 7GB included data. It will be available from 29 August through Telstra Business and Telstra Enterprise & Government account managers.Telstra is taking expressions of interest from customers who would like to be among the first to receive information about the national launch of Telstra’s 4G service in Australia. Customers can visit* 4G/LTE coverage will be available initially within 5km from the GPO in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Speeds vary due to factors such as distance from base station, local conditions, user numbers, hardware and software configuration.[1] Telstra had more than 2.3 million mobile broadband SIOs at the end of March 2011.

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