Telstra tests out faster 4G network

Telstra’s (ASX: TLS) first-class 4G network could soon be ramped up to even higher speeds as the coming begins testing its LTE-A network.

The network will enable customers to access two spectrum bands, similar to Optus’s dual band 4G network launched in May. The company said it’s part of a bigger plan to roll out its 700MHz spectrum. “We will use this particular spectrum combination in parts of the network between now and when we get 700MHz up and running, where we believe we’ll get benefit because a customer is a long way from the tower,” Telstra’s director of networks, Mick Wright, told ZDNET.

The network will not only mean faster downloads in cities but also give customers better speeds outside the LTE-A areas and provide better coverage inside buildings. The network is currently being tested and the telco is being closely watched by manufacturers who would enable it on their devices.

Foolish takeaway

Despite Optus, part of the Singapore Telecommunications Group (ASX: SGT), already releasing its dual-band 4G network, customers are flocking to Telstra for its perceived network superiority. This helped the company to record excellent full-year results and will add to its revenue and cash flow which could mean greater dividends for shareholders.

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Motley Fool contributor Owen Raszkiewicz does not have a financial interest in any of the mentioned companies. 

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