Huawei and Telstra are trialling an 1800MHz LTE signal in Victoria. (Broadcast tower image by Steve Beger, CC BY-SA 2.0.)
In the latest trial, the goal was not to test the speed of the 1800MHz band, it was to test whether LTE was suited to the band.
Michael Rocca, chief operations officer for Telstra, said that testing a variety of frequency bands is critical to finding the best way to deploy an LTE network.
Peter Rossi, chief technology officer for Huawei Technologies Australia, said that it was a great opportunity for the vendor to demonstrate its LTE technology, and that the company hoped to continue working with Telstra in the future.
The 1800MHz trial is ongoing, and will test throughput using multiple input/multiple output (MIMO) antenna configurations. The trial will also employ inter-cell interference coordination to reduce network interference and improve speed.
As a frequency band, 1800MHz is primarily used to carry signal across 2G GSM networks, and is a band that Telstra doesn't have to wait for digital dividend auctions to obtain.