Australia's Telstra Tests 700Mhz Services Ahead of Spectrum Release
Published on: 24th Jan 2014
Australia's Telstra has carried out tests of APT700 (Asia Pacific Telecommunity 700MHz) spectrum using Ericsson's new APT700 radio equipment.
The first call on 700MHz was made on Telstra's live network across two test sites in a regional location in Australia using a pre-release smartphone.
Håkan Eriksson, CEO Ericsson Australia and New Zealand, said: "The APT700 band has the ability to provide excellent in-building coverage as well as delivering wide area coverage in regional and rural areas, providing operators with increased capacity and performance, and users with a superior experience,"
Telstra has been influential in driving adoption of this band with the support of Australian regulators, the Australian Communications Media Alliance (ACMA).
The APT700 spectrum is due to be released to mobile networks in January 2015.