Telstra has been trialing LTE from May 2010, comprizing not only urban, but also rural evaluations and extensive laboratory trials. At MWC 2011, Barcelona, Telstra announced plans to upgrade its Next G™ network with LTE technology in the central business districts of all Australian capital cities and selected regional centers by end of 2011. The upgrade will use Telstra‟s existing 1800 MHz spectrum to deliver LTE to areas where traffic demand is most concentrated.
On September 21, 2010 regional carrier MetroPCS became the first operator in the United States to launch LTE. MetroPCS also offered the world’s first commercially available 4G LTE enabled handset, the Samsung Craft.
The 3GPP LTE system delivers capacity and data throughput enhancements and low latency, to support new services and features requiring higher levels of capability and performance. LTE is the next step in the user experience, enhancing more demanding applications such as interactive TV, mobile video blogging, advanced gaming, and professional services. This report from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) tracks the evolution to LTE.