Next G gets a speed boost

Telstra today announced that the world's first commercial call over a 21Mbps eHSPA network was made in Australia last week.

eHSPA is an upgrade to the current HSDPA network. It stands for Evolved HSPA and also goes by the names of HSPA+ and HSPA Evolution. eHSPA networks have a theoretical maximum speed of 42Mbps.

The latest speed boost follows Telstra's announcement early this year of the planned Next G network upgrade, from current peak speeds of 7.2Mbps to an impressive 21Mbps. In late 2009, Telstra plans to boost the Next G network again, this time to 42Mbps.

Of course the key words here are "peak speeds" — shorthand for "you'll never get close to these speeds, but this is what the network is theoretically capable of". Still, these upgrades can only be a good thing.

For this latest upgrade, Sierra Wireless will produce a number of 21Mbps capable devices. As it stands, though, consumers won't be able to take advantage of top speeds straight away — most of the current Next G handsets and devices have a theoretical maximum speed of 7.2Mbps.

Users with 7.2Mbps phones and modems may see a slight increase in speeds when the network is launched commercially in early 2009, but this will only be due to the increased network capacity. We should see some 21Mbps-rated devices early next year though.

The Next G network is an impressive package overall. In addition to providing coverage in rural areas of Australia, it also covers 98 per cent of the Australian population and is one of the largest and fastest mobile networks in the world.

Unfortunately, it's owned and operated by Telstra, which means you'll pay a fortune for it. Though we tend to agree with the old saying "you get what you pay for", Telstra has for too long taken consumers for a ride by charging exorbitant prices for their services.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

PC World
Show Comments


James Cook University - Master of Data Science Online Course

Learn more >


Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >

Victorinox Werks Professional Executive 17 Laptop Case

Learn more >



Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?