The new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have achieved speeds of more than 1 gigabit per second (1Gbps) on Telstra’s 4GX network.

Telstra 1GbpsSpeeds of more than  1Gbps were achieved in repeated speed tests using the new Samsung Galaxy 9 and S9+ in gigabit-enabled parts of Telstra’s mobile network in Sydney. One test recorded a 1.03Gbps download speed.

Kevin Teoh, Telstra’s Head of Mobiles, said, “This is the first time in Australia that speeds more than 1Gb/s have been demonstrated on a commercial network with a commercial smartphone”.

“While customers using these phones on Telstra’s 4GX service will typically see download speeds in the range of 5-300Mbps – tests like these show that, from time to time, Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners may see significantly higher speeds in Telstra’s gigabit-enabled coverage areas.”

“Cracking the magic gigabit mark on smartphones is an exciting milestone. As smartphones evolve and we move into the 5G era, there will be a new raft of sophisticated features that are enabled by reliably fast data speeds. High-quality augmented reality, virtual personal assistants that anticipate needs and virtual doctors that monitor vital signs are just some of the technologies that are on the horizon.”

Telstra’s gigabit-enabled coverage is available in the Sydney and Melbourne CBDs (3km radius), Brisbane and Adelaide CBDs (2.0 km radius), and some sites in selected high traffic locations.

Gigabit LTE deployment is also underway in the Perth CBD. Typical customer speeds will be less.

Typical speeds for Cat 16/18 devices are in the range of 5 to 300 Mbps in 4GX coverage areas.

This follows Telstra’s record-breaking demonstration of 4G download speeds at 2Gbps at Mobile World Congress. This was only one year from the launch of its world-first gigabit-enabled 4G service.

GadgetGuy’s take – 1Gbps is great! Where is unlimited data?

1Gbps is 7.5GB per minute.

Telstra mobile post-paid monthly data plans are from 2 to 130GB (at $199 per month on a 24-month contract).

One has to ask “What protection is in place for a smartphone that can suck up your allowance in less than 60 seconds?”

The technological achievement is great, but something has to give!

GadgetGuy has an unboxing of the S9 here.