by John Chambers

Five years ago, we started including a new type of allowance in our mobile plans – mobile data!

Back then not even the most prescient amongst us could have imagined how useful the mobile web and ‘appification’ of everything would make our mobiles.

Now, the mobile web is as important to our daily smartphone experience as voice and text.

It’s so vital that many of you tell us that from time to time you find yourselves using more data in a month than your plan allowance caters for.

Traditionally, when this happens additional data use is charged at excess data rates – which some of you have told us can be a hassle to track.


by Paul Boasman

The future of fast broadband is coming to Australian apartment complexes and in conjunction with NBN Co, we have been busy piloting high speed fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) technology right here in Melbourne.

NBN Co’s new technology is set to become one of the core components of the NBN Co’s network rollout and we are excited to be at the forefront of its delivery.

FTTB is where fibre is run to a large office building or apartment block and connected to NBN equipment in the comms room to enable high-speed broadband for end users in the building. From the comms room the existing in-building wiring is used as the final connection to the individual homes or businesses.

We’ve been piloting the technology with over 30 customers in Carlton. To date, we’ve clocked up over 10,000 testing hours. The results are really encouraging.


by Rosie Thomas

The Telstra Foundation is partnering with PROJECT ROCKIT to take their anti-bullying and youth leadership program online. Rosie, PROJECT ROCKIT cofounder, has just returned from a whirlwind trip to what is often described as ‘Disneyland for Grown-ups’ – Facebook’s Global Headquarters in Menlo Park, California. 

My name is Rosie Thomas and I’m cofounder of PROJECT ROCKIT, Australia’s biggest youth-driven movement against (cyber)bullying. Since 2006, we’ve been empowering young people to stand up and lead change by tackling bullying and building real leadership in school communities.

At PROJECT ROCKIT we believe in a world where respect and kindness thrive over bullying, hate and prejudice and all young people are free to realise their potential.

We’re super excited to be partnering with the Telstra Foundation to take our anti-bullying & leadership programs online with the creation of our Digital Classroom. As well as providing innovative education for the classroom, we’re also developing a pretty sweet app so that all young people have access to totally cool and credible anti-bullying and leadership development, no matter where they are!


by Andrew Volard

Telstra customers can look forward to more data, more entertainment and more speed in 4GX areas, when the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge launch with Telstra next Friday 10 April.

In time for the launch, Telstra is boosting the value of some of its most popular mobile plans by including more data and introducing a bonus six month subscription for one of Australia’s leading TV and movie streaming service Presto from Thursday 9 April. 


by Tim O'Leary

Digital connectivity is increasingly seen as an essential service, with access to the internet in many parts of the world now underpinning economic development, social connections, education, the arts, employment and social services.

It is also evident that opportunity is intrinsically linked to access. The ability to find a job or accommodation, to pay bills or stay in touch are all made simpler and quicker thanks to the internet and technology – so long as you can get online.

Our CEO, David Thodey, recently joined a social inclusion panel at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona to explore the theme ‘enabling digital, financial and social inclusion.’ David talked to the Australia context, where we are seeing the digital divide ‘narrowing but deepening.’

The telecommunications sector in Australia has been successful in connecting the vast majority of people but those that are missing out are at greater risk of being permanently left behind and barriers to digital access, be they physical, financial or literacy-based, are likely to reinforce disadvantage.

Through our ‘Everyone Connected’ programs, we are working to bridge the digital divide in Australia. Last year we delivered $194 million worth of benefits to our customers and communities through these programs, designed to foster digital access and inclusion for everyone, regardless of age, income, ability or location.

Current contributors

John Chambers

Executive Director

Mobile Products

Paul Boasman

Director of NBN Multi-Technology Mix


Rosie Thomas



Andrew Volard


Device Management, Telstra