Telstra Operations, Director of Wireless Network Engineering
Channa has over 25 years of experience in Telecommunications networks having worked in both Operations and Engineering across both fixed and wireless technologies. During his time in Telstra, Channa has played key roles in the introduction and operation of Telstra’s 2G (GSM & CDMA), 3G and now 4G networks.
Away from work Channa enjoys travel, sport, wildlife photography and spending time with his wife and two young daughters.
It is around this time of year where the focus shifts from work and school to summer holidays somewhere along the vast Australian coast line. And if network traffic is anything to go by, people are packing their smartphones and tablets along with their beach towels.
Looking back on network traffic trends from previous years, we can see that almost 95 per cent of Australia’s popular holiday destinations* are located on the coast, with place like Lorne in Victoria, Robe in South Australia, Bateman’s Bay in NSW, Surfers Paradise in Queensland and Dunsborough in Western Australia experiencing a dramatic increase in network traffic last year.
Australia is a unique place, with our wide brown land not only a country, but an entire continent as well. And in a country that size, Telstra’s commitment to providing mobile services to regional Australia is not as simple as it sounds.
We believe that high speed mobile broadband services should not just be for people in the big cities and towns, but recognise there are some very real operational and financial reasons why it’s not possible to provide mobile coverage in some regional and remote locations.
This is when a little bit of innovation and “outside the box” thinking comes in handy. Using Small Cell technology, we will bring high speed 4G mobile broadband services to more people in regional and remote areas across Australia.
Today Telstra was the first mobile carrier in the world to trial LTE-Broadcast live on a commercial network. While the ‘world first’ part of this might sound interesting, you might be wondering what’s in it for our customers, and why they should care. The answer is that while customers may not know it, LTE-Broadcast is a possible solution to keeping the mobile network humming years into the future.