Telstra plans to boost 21MBps in Next G Mobile Network

By Koushik Saha on 9.12.08

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Telstra, the largest provider of mobile services, DSL and cable internet access has plans to boost data speeds in its Next G mobile network to 21Mbps (bits per second).Related to this, the company has plans to conduct tests of the faster service this month. However, customers will have to wait longer for the arrival of compatible phones.

To boost the mobile broadband service, the company will use technology like High Speed Packet Access Evolution, also known as HSPA+ or Evolved HSPA.

The move to HSPA Evolution from the HSPA systems in needs a software upgradeto base stations, whereas LTE will require new base stations. At the other end, subscribers will need new hardware to take advantage of the higher speeds. Telstra is working with Sierra Wireless, Qualcomm and Ericsson to develop devices.

Reportedly, Vodafone is also considering making the move to HSPA Evolution. In February the company announced a trial with Ericsson, Huawei and Qualcomm.The market watchers state that most large operators will move to HSPA Evolution in anticipation of the next technology upgrade, LTE (Long Term Evolution).

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