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Telstra trials LTE in Australia

Australian telco tests LTE technology over distance of 75km

LTE will allow mobile broadband download speeds of up to 100Mbps.
LTE will allow mobile broadband download speeds of up to 100Mbps.

Telstra, the incumbent telecom operator in Australia, has tested LTE technology, achieving download speeds of 100Mbps across a distance of 75 km.

Telstra conducted the tests with network vendor Nokia Siemens Networks in the state of Victoria.

The two companies said they were testing the application of LTE technology in regional areas through a combination of laboratory and long range field testing to determine the limitations that physical distance imposes on the LTE customer experience.

Michael Rocca, chief operations officer, Telstra, said the range testing was of "critical importance" for the future of the technology in regional Australia.

"Australia has the sixth largest landmass with the ninth lowest population density in the world so any technology we introduce has to travel long distances, cover large areas and still perform to the levels Telstra customers have come to enjoy," he said.