Telstra launches world's first 600Mbps LTE-A device

17 Sep 2015

Telsta has launched what it says is the world's first 600Mbps-capable LTE-Advanced Category 11 device on its mobile network.

The new Telstra Wi-Fi 4GX Advanced III mobile broadband hotspot has been developed in collaboration with Netgear, Ericsson and Qualcomm.

Announcing the launch, Telstra said the hotspot supports up to 15 simultaneous Wi-Fi devices. It is designed to automatically switch between LTE-A, LTE and 3G networks in areas where LTE-A is not available.

The onboard battery supports up to 11 hours of continuous use or 260 hours on standby. It uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 LTE modem, Ericsson's LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation technolgy and a Netgear AirCard wireless adapter.

With the launch Telstra is aiming to cement its role as the most cutting edge mobile network operator in Australia. It comes a month after Telstra launched the first LTE-A Cat 9 450Mbps device on its network.

Telstra is concentrating its initial LTE-A Cat 11 rollout to the CBDs of east coast capital cities Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. The operator said it plans to extend this footprint as required to address growing mobile data demand.

Rival mobile operators Optus and Vodafone Australia are also in the early stages of LTE-Advanced rollout.

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