Australian telecommunications company Telstra claims to have demonstrated network speeds of 450 megabytes per second using an LTE-A network. LTE or 'Long Term Evolution' is better known as 4G, while the added 'A' means 'Advanced.'
Telstra used a combination of spectrum at 1800 and 2600 Megahertz using 'LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation' technology. The resulting speeds are a ridiculous 8,000 times faster than the good-old 56 kilobytes-per-second modems we used to use as a recently as 15 years ago.
Despite the excitement generated by these results, deployment of this technology to customers remains a few years away and that the speeds achievable in practice will likely be lower than those achieved in Telstra's lab tests.
However, these results show that massive amounts of traffic demand can be shared across many users, which bodes well for the telecommunications industry going forward.