Gigabit LTE, a 5G stopgap, is now live

Groundbreaking peak download speeds of 930 Mbps were obtained last week at the operational launch of Telstra’s Gigabit LTE network. Peak upload speeds of 127 Mbps were obtained at the same event.

The ultra-fast service has now rolled out in major Australian Central Business Districts (CBDs), Qualcomm says in a blog post. That includes the CBDs of Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, according to Android Central.

Those speeds are significantly faster than average existing 4G (LTE) download speeds. The two fastest carriers in the U.S. (T-Mobile and Verizon) average slightly under 17 Mbps nationally, according to Open Signal’s February 2017 survey of network speed comparisons. OpenSignal used measurements obtained from 169,000 smartphone users in the fourth quarter of 2016 to get this year’s results.

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The Australian Mobile Network Operator (MNO) Telstra, which runs the new network along with Qualcomm, Ericsson and NETGEAR will make hardware available at the end of this month. A Gigabit LTE-specific router called the NETGEAR Nighthawk M1 is used.

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