Telstra’s 4G network is fast, but apparently not fast enough.
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last March, Telstra announced its partnership with Ericsson to develop 5G technology. They hope to introduce the successor to 4G by 2020 with two separate tests to be conducted later this year, one in Sweden and another in Australia. The key will be to increase performance while lowering energy consumption.
Although still five years away, it doesn’t mean 4G won’t get any faster anytime soon. The same partnership developed an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network last year, achieving a world-first speed of 450 Mbps. LTE-A is scheduled to launch in capital cities like Melbourne by April 2015. Later the same year, Telstra plans to launch LTE-Broadcast (LTE-B).