10 Feb 2011
By Mike Wright

Travel all over the countryside with Telstra’s Next G

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Australians love the great outdoors. And there is no better way to get out and about than hitching up a caravan or throwing a tent in the car and heading away for a weekend, a mini-break or a trip around the country.

Jared-sending-a-text-from-the-outbackAs much as we’d love to ‘get away from it all’, Telstra’s Next G™ network helps you stay connected; which is great if you want to check the weather, book ahead into a camping ground or even let your friends and family know what a great time you’re having.

In terms of coverage, we have Australia’s largest mobile broadband network, with the Telstra Next G™ network covering more than 2.1 million square kilometres and providing mobile broadband access to 99% of Australians.

In this latest video about getting the most out of the Next G™ network, wireless engineer Jared King shows us some types of antennas and gives us some tips on how to use them to maximise the network coverage on your next trip. Telstra Next G™ coverage maps can be viewed at

Antennas and accessories can be purchased at any Telstra Shop or Telstra dealer. However, the full range may not be available in store and you may have to allow a couple of days while they are ordered in.

As the range of antennas and antenna accessories is so vast, many suppliers publish a full online catalogue and some offer an online ordering service. Below are some websites that I have found to have extensive catalogues and you may find these useful.

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  1. Jack says:

    We have been travelling for the last 10 month.

    We made it all the way around Australia.
    Unfortunately the Coverage by Telstra is not as good as it is made out to be.

    In the northern part of Australia NQLD< NT NWA we would have had coverage about 20% or less along the highways!

    In my opinion that is not good enough for safety reasons alone.

    • John says:

      what phone are you using???

    • Shane says:

      Jack, I travelled around Australia last year and Telstra NextG coverage worked most of the time but will admit outback rural and remote there were some gaps. If communication safety is what you are looking for put your hand a little deeper into your pocket and get yourself a satellite phone. Also didn’t note to many McDonalds and KFC’s on the way so maybe it doesn’t make commercial sense for those companies to invest in those regions and yes I’m a shareholder of Telstra. BTW, you have failed to mention all the other travellers you saw on your trip trying to get mobile coverage on their Optus and Vodafone mobiles, and don’t say it didn’t happen because I used to hear them guts aching all the time in caravan parks. Happy travels!!!

    • Kev says:

      Everybody bashes Telstra. I’d like to know what the Vodafone or Optus coverage is like out there.

    • John says:

      They would like to tell you what the Voda or Optus coverage is like but they cant get a connection!

    • P.W. Dizon says:

      With a Blue Tick phone with an external aerial lead connected to a 9dB dipole or to 15dB+ Yagi where you can get some elevation will increase your NextG coverage *dramatically*.
      If you want 98% coverage the only way is a satellite phone.

  2. Ian (Telstra Employee) says:

    We do a lot of travelling in rural areas and have a “Blue Tick” phone attached to a 5.5db gain antenna mounted on the car and are surprised to have network coverage even where the coverage maps indicate it is non existent. We tend to gain some attention from other travellers when they hear that we have phone coverage. In a recent trip to far west NSW we had coverage via the Next G network where others were relying on satellite. When we are travelling we keep an eye on the signal in case we have to back track in case of emergency.

    • P.W. Dizon says:

      Unfortunately while the NextG network coverage is excellent if you have the correct equipment like aerials, the Internet hardware Telstra and Bigpond is forcing customers to use is low quality cheap rubbish charged to customers at extortion prices that does not perform well in low signal areas or congested towers. Congested NextG towers (too many customers) which is a major issue these days with so many Voda and Optus customers waking up how bad their service is in country areas.
      The low quality cheap rubbish hardware seriously limits coverage of a great network and reflects badly on Telstra.

  3. Roger (Telstra Employee) says:

    We recently did a lap of Tassie and had coverage all the way even on the ferry.

  4. Paul (Telstra Employee) says:

    Here is a tip for poor / marginal areas …. Place your phone or NextG dongle upside down against the inner wall of a 9 inch aluminium sauce pan with the back of the device against the inner metal side of the pan. You will be surprised to see it jump from “no bars” to 3 or more. To make calls you will have to use headset ( bluetooth or corded ). I use this method for Next G internet access and it improves reception in remote areas from unuseable to fantastic … and berfore any wags reply to this no water oil, salt, or heat is needed :-) …. other pan sizes may work .. I have not tried it.

  5. John says:

    Cheap Rubbish, I dont think so, the latest devices are great and cheap,

    where we live there is no broadband adsl or cable and wireless is the only option, Telstra is the only network that has wireless coverage here so there is HEAPS AND HEAPS of people using it, and we consistently get about 4-6 MbPS on a 20 series device testing at

    maybe you have some of telstra’s earlier hardware, but there new stuff is top notch, and they don’t force you to buy anything, there just your only option because the other carriers are rubbish.

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