Telstra reported it has seen up to twenty % pace enhancements to 4G products and services after working with TPG Telecom to restack specified cellular spectrum holdings.

Spectrum re-stacking will involve defragmenting and shifting independent spectrum blocks that are not up coming to every single other to create a solitary contiguous keeping. 

In Telstra’s case, independent 10 MHz spectrum blocks have been joined alongside one another to kind solitary twenty MHz blocks in 6 towns – Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart and Perth.

Telstra and TPG’s spectrum holdings in the 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands have been fragmented “due to diverse spectrum allocations over the last decade, such as the regional 1800 MHz auction in 2016 and the “multiband” auction in 2017,” Telstra reported in a assertion.

It is the “first time ever” that two diverse cellular network operators agreed to restack their spectrum holdings “in the absence of regulatory direction,” Telstra additional.

“The 1800MHz band was restacked by all operators in 2012 but that was due to the ACMA’s [Australian Communications and Media Authority’s] spectrum licence reissue approach.”

The ACMA performed a support purpose in the voluntary restacking approach, “endorsing the complex mechanism for the restack as nicely as various our respective spectrum licenses to mirror the new arrangements,” Telstra reported.

“Thanks to this project, we have seen typical 4G speeds make improvements to in every single town wherever the restack was carried out by at least 10 % and in Canberra and Darwin by twenty %,” Telstra group govt for networks and IT Nikos Katinakis reported

“We can also carry additional website traffic on more substantial spectrum blocks.  For case in point, in Canberra our restacked 1800MHz spectrum is carrying roughly fourteen % additional website traffic.

“This signifies better speeds and better capacity for our shoppers in these places, even at busier moments on our network.”

TPG Telecom’s govt general manager for cellular and set networks Barry Kezik reported similar enhancements.

“Since the spectrum restack, we have noticed a 10 to twenty % advancement in cellular knowledge speeds, and website traffic has elevated appreciably as shoppers consider edge of these speedier speeds,” Kezik reported.

“As we refarm spectrum little by little from 4G to 5G over the coming a long time, there will be more functionality advantages to harness.”