Vividwireless hits 128Mpbs in first TD-LTE trials

Wireless broadband provider vividwireless this week signalled further moves away from the WiMAX network it debuted with, hitting peak speeds of 128 megabits per second (Mbps) in live trials of rival mobile technology, Time Division Duplex Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE).

The two-month inner Sydney trial, conducted using Huawei gear, maintained consistent speeds of 40 to 70Mbps, a significant improvement on the 12.2Mbps average speeds reported by users shortly after the network’s initial launch.

“The purpose of this trial was to see if the advanced TD-LTE technology is mature enough to deliver extremely fast mobile broadband services to our customers,” vividwireless chief executive, Martin Mercer, said in a statement.

“This trial has established that extremely fast, high quality mobile broadband services are within our reach, and can be delivered quickly and cost effectively.”

Vividwireless’ use of TD-LTE technology marks a distinction from the FDD-LTE variation currently being trialled by major Australian carriers Telstra and Optus (through its parent company, SingTel).

While the latter technology is often regarded as having faster throughput speeds, a spokesperson for Huawei told Computerworld Australia TD-LTE would provide a smoother transition from the WiMAX standards currently in use by the operator.

“If they did decide to upgrade their WiMAX network to Huawei’s TD-LTE solution, it would simply be a swapped line card in their current base stations, there would be no need for them to rip and replace their base station equipment,” they said.

Power utility EnergyAustralia has also signalled a transition from initial plans for a WiMAX network in Australia, opting instead to use LTE technologies.

(China 4G TD-LTE trials expected to last 18 months)

Vividwireless launched in Perth last March and is currently also available in some capacity at universities across Sydney and Melbourne.

Seven Network director, Ryan Stokes, last year told attendees of the Communications Alliances Broadband and Beyond conference that the provider would operate in all Australian capital cities within 12 months of its inception.

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