Telstra Next G jumping to 21Mbps in 2008

Telstra Next G jumping to 21Mbps in 2008

Summary: Telstra has revealed that it will be increasing the speeds of its Next G network to 21Mbps by the end of this year -- creating what it claims will be the fastest mobile service in the world.

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Telstra has revealed that it will be increasing the speeds of its Next G network to 21Mbps by the end of this year -- creating what it claims will be the fastest mobile service in the world.

The speed bump will increase speeds by around one third, from Next G's current theoretical top of 14.4Mbps. Telstra said the upgrade is scheduled to go live in 2008 but declined to provide further details on timing.

The telco also revealed that it expects to step up Next G speeds once again in 2009, to a theoretical maximum downlink of 42Mbps.

However, despite the increase in network speeds, users will be unable to take advantage of the top speeds straight away due to the lack of compatible devices -- most phones currently offer a downlink ceiling of 7.2Mbps.

A Telstra spokesperson said that the telco is "certainly looking at new devices" for the higher speed network.

"The devices are still limited. The freeway has been built but the cars aren't ready to go on it. It's a bit of a turnaround from a few years ago."

The spokesperson added that users may still see a jump in speed -- due to the increase in network capacity.

Topics: Telcos, Mobility, Telstra

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  • Bleeding consumers

    The Ericsson WCDMA training manual has a line in that says to increase the data rate you increase the signal-to-noise ratio. And below it is a picture of a SNR dial with the wound full label saying "more money".

    Yes, it's really that easy to add more data rate and show that you have been bleeding the consumer.

    I hope Telstra don't charge extra for it.
    anonymous
  • Telstra

    Welcome to the 21st Century Telstra.
    anonymous
  • Fine

    stick with GSM or if you want faster speeds you can have CDMA ... for another few weeks
    anonymous
  • Optus, 3 and Vodaphone

    We are waiting for you to join in
    anonymous
  • Drip marketing fails

    In order to meet basic service levels to regional areas with NextG coverage, Ericsson drips had to maximise the affect of the interference limit on their WCDMA network of which one side effect is that useable data rates increase for those in good coverage areas.

    Normally the affect of the interference limit is increased gradually over years allowing the maximum profits from the sale of services and handsets to gained. In this instance the drips were forced to give it to us all in one shebang and now have data rates well beyond the capability of current phones.

    You can thank the vocal regional users who fought for their basic services for this unexpected outcome of which city people are going to benefit. Telstra should also be thanked for putting potential future profits second to immediately needed NextG country services.

    Below is an abstract from the Ericsson training literature on the value of the interference limit.


    Document: 3/038 13 - EN/LZU 108 5306 Rev A
    Title: WCDMA Air Interface
    Type: Microsoft PowerPoint presentation

    Slide 21: An animated logic flow diagram is presented. A decision box with the text "Making Enough Money?" is displayed. The "Yes" arrow feeds back to itself. The "No" arrow feeds to an action box titled "Adjust Interference Limit" which then has an arrow that continues back to the decision box.

    Slide 21: A picture of a dial appears next to this logic diagram.


    Slide 22: A blank page is presented with the dial appearing at the bottom - implying a reference to the "Making Enough Money?" logic flow diagram.

    Slide 22: Headings appear, i.e. "Summary", "Experience" with the last heading "And in the final analysis..." appearing directly over the dial.
    anonymous
  • Where is the manual?

    Would someone be kind enough to post a link to this ericsson training manual? I am very interested to see what it has to say, and what this 'making enough money is all about'.
    anonymous
  • Not Original

    I believe 3 was the first company to bring 3G into Australia in the first place, so they are already in the 21st Century.
    True, Telstra has taken advantage of this technology and is leading the way, but if it weren't for 3, there probably wouldn't be a Next G Network.
    anonymous
  • But the best

    Henry Ford did not invent the motor car but he made it available to the masses. Who do you remember, the inventor or the innovator?
    anonymous
  • Not the best by world standards

    It's taken some time to get both Hutch and Telstra's 3G somewhat stable. Australia still lags in terms of services and pricing on 3G networks.

    But neither company invented 3G and Hutch has definitely been the inovator in this country.
    anonymous
  • Hutch innovator?

    What R&D did they do, all they did was take an already used technology and set it up in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

    Telstra invested money in finding ways to increase bandwidth capabilities, rolled it out to a land mass 200 times greater then Hutch and also invested in Hutch so they could expand their own competing network to many more areas across the country.

    If it wasn't for Telstra Hutch would still only cover 3 cities and Optus / Vodaphone would not even be considering expanding their coverage.

    Yes there are issues that are being ironed out but this comes with the territory .. both by being technically innovative and trying to cover such a large geographic area.
    anonymous
  • Wireless Internet

    I in an area close to Melbourne and have no access to ADSL. Wireless is therefore my only "high speed" option for the internet. The speeds I receive at the moment are fast enough for what I do so an increase in speed is not my first concern, cost is. As I cannot receive ADSL then Telstra should supply wireless at a comparable price and download options. A Government subsidy might be the answer just like the one given for satelite. My other concern is the Max download of 3Gig as this is eaten up to quickly if I have to download more than a few programs or dabble in flicka like my wife does. Come on Telstra stop making excuse and blaming everybody else. By the way when FTTN is given the go ahead then the first in line are the big cities who already have access to a high speed service
    anonymous