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Telstra, along with network vendor giant Alcatel-Lucent, is trialling seven lightRadio Metro Cells based around Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. They are designed to improve mobile capacity by up to 80 percent to cope with the large volume of punters visiting during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The cells are installed in the "Birdcage" VIP area of the racecourse, and are spaced out every 10 metres. The technology by Alcatel-Lucent can support both 3G and long-term evolution (LTE) 4G services, and Alcatel-Lucent is conducting more than 20 trials of the technology across the globe. It has 39 commercial deployment agreements in place.