Telstra has claimed reaching smartphone speeds in excess of 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) on a commercial network using the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets.
Telstra said speeds in excess of 1Gbps were achieved in repeated tests using the new Samsung Galaxy 9 and S9+ in gigabit-enabled parts of the telco’s mobile network in Sydney. It said during one particular test it recorded a 1.03Gbps download speed.
Telstra head of mobiles Kevin Teih said: it was the first time in Australia that speeds beyond 1Gbps had been demonstrated on a commercial network with a commercial smartphone.
“While customers using these phones on Telstra’s 4GX service will typically see download speeds in the range of 5-300Mbps – tests like these show that, from time to time, Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners may see significantly higher speeds in Telstra’s gigabit-enabled coverage areas," he said.
“Cracking the magic gigabit mark on smartphones is an exciting milestone. 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," said Teoh.
Telstra’s gigabit-enabled coverage is available in the Sydney and Melbourne CBDs (3km radius), Brisbane and Adelaide CBDs (2.0 km radius), and several sites in selected high traffic locations. Gigabit LTE deployment is also underway in the Perth CBD., said Telstra.
Typical customer speeds will be less. For Cat 16 or Cat 18 devices, typical speeds are in the range of 5 to 300 Mbps in 4GX coverage areas, with the upper end of that range more often experienced in the gigabit-enabled areas noted.