Last week Richard Ord underwent training to become a Telstra drone pilot technician, a Tasmanian telecommunication first.

Following a successful trial in Queensland and New South Wales, drones will now be used in Tasmania to better assess the suitability of new sites for infrastructure, improve safety for local employees and improve repair times in the event of extreme weather or natural disasters.

The use of drone technology brings a lot of benefits to the local community and to Telstra customers – providing safer working conditions and reducing network down time.

Previously technicians had to climb towers or bring in cherry pickers which takes time, particularly in regional areas where land may be uneven or muddy.

Every picture tells a story and it’s only when you see footage taken from a drone at the top of a mobile tower that you start to understand how high up technicians are working to ensure Telstra infrastructure is working.

Drones now mean this work can be done more safely and easily and, in the event new parts and equipment need to be ordered, this can be done immediately from the ground.

As technology evolves, its changing the way we all work and connect with friends and family. We know it’s important to stay in touch and our drone pilots can now get out and check Telstra towers safely and quickly.

This is particularly important after disasters as people seek to check in on friends and family and confirm they are safe.

With 9,000 mobile network sites around Australia, delivering coverage spanning 2.4 million square kilometres, our mobile network is the largest in the country.

The maintenance of our network is key to ensuring customers get the best possible service available and using drones is revolutionising the way we inspect base stations.