This blog is by Ashish Dayama at Nokia Networks.
Kudos to Optus Australia for being the world’s first to launch TD-LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation. This is huge, particularly for TD-LTE fans like me, who have a habit of measuring upload and download speeds on a regular basis. The only problem is I live in the central US… But please indulge me for the sake of jealous comparison here.
At home, my cable connection provides me with a nice 7 Mbps download and upload throughput. And here’s graphic proof of my speedtest result using my laptop:
My cable provider says it provides me with a booster speed of up to 50 Mbps when it sees a need. Bottom line: I pay a good amount for my cable connection and I’m happy with it… But, oh, what if I could have this speed wherever and whenever, like the Optus subscribers now have down under!
With this launch, Optus’ mobile broadband network now features a download speed of close to 176 Mbps and upload speed of 44 Mbps. Comparatively speaking: that means whatever I can upload from my US home connection could be uploaded at least 6 times faster at Optus’ speed! And I won’t even begin to make the download comparison….
Optus in Australia is in fact the first to make that innovative leap and launch a TD-LTE-Advanced network. It partnered with Nokia to offer turbo-charged 4G data speeds and commercially launch TD-LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation, which is now live on its 2300 MHz spectrum in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, with Canberra joining within weeks.
Optus Networks Managing Director, Vic McClelland, said: “As the first to launch Carrier Aggregation in Australia on a live commercial network, Optus has proven its commitment to innovate and invest to deliver a great network. Optus was the first to launch TD-LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation in the world, and we are the first to launch this capability on any Australian network. We are future-proofing our network in response to consumers’ growing appetite for mobile streaming, browsing and downloading.”
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