Telstra has recorded smartphone speeds in excess of 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) on a commercial network using the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+.
Kevin Teoh, Telstra’s head of mobiles, said it was the first time in Australia that speeds in excess of 1Gbps had been demonstrated on a commercial network with a commercial smartphone.
The highest speed – 1.03Gbps – was recorded in gigabit-enabled parts of Telstra’s 4GX mobile network in Sydney.
Just last month, Telstra delivered a record-breaking demonstration of 4G download speeds at 2Gbps at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
It launched its first commercially available gigabit-enabled 4G service in early 2017. Telstra’s gigabit-enabled coverage is available in the Sydney and Melbourne CBDs (3km radius), Brisbane and Adelaide CBDs (2km radius), and “a number of sites in selected high traffic locations”.
Gigabit LTE deployment is also under way in the Perth CBD.
“Cracking the magic gigabit mark on smartphones is an exciting milestone,” Teoh said.
“As smartphones evolve and we move into the 5G era there will be a new raft of sophisticated features that are enabled by reliably fast data speeds.
“High-quality augmented reality, virtual personal assistants that anticipate needs and virtual doctors that monitor vital signs are just some of the technologies that are on the horizon.”