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Five world-class mobile technologies coming your way

Tech and Innovation

Posted on February 22, 2016

4 min read

The future of mobile is coming. We’re focused on bringing you brilliant experiences on our mobile network– like world leading mobile speeds, the next generation of video calls and new ways of receiving content direct to your mobile device. This week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona we announced five ways that we’re enhancing our network to provide you with the best network technologies in the world, enabling faster and more reliable access to content.

Here’s a recap of what each announcement will mean for you as you call, stream and browse on Telstra’s mobile network:

1) A future of faster speeds and improved coverage on 5G

5G is set to be the newest generation of wireless broadband technology. We’ve teamed up with our good friends at Ericsson to embark on an exciting series of 5G technology trials. We plan to deploy our first 5G trial on Telstra’s mobile network on the Gold Coast. For those of you who love diving into the tech you’ll be pleased to know that we’ll look to use our Gold Coast trial to test beam-forming, MIMO and NFV and SDN technologies.

Our experiences with the trial will help move us even closer to our goal of rolling out a full-scale 5G service on Telstra’s mobile network in Australia.

Recent trials of 5G with Ericsson saw us demonstrating speeds of more than 11 Gbps in a complex, real-world, indoor setting at Ericsson’s labs in Sweden. That’s the equivalent of downloading around 80 hours of HD video content in a single minute.

2) 1 Gbps

While 5G is the bright and shiny future of our network, we are also working hard to bring customers faster speeds right now. To this end, the Telstra mobile network will be enabled to support 1Gbps speeds in select sites across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane CBDs in anticipation of a new device which will support these speeds being released later in 2016. To put 1Gbps (1 gigabits per second) in context, it will make top speeds on the network about 20 times faster than they were when we first released 4G in 2011. Speedy!

This will also allow for uplink speeds up to 150Mbps on compatible devices.

3) Voice over WiFi

While most of our customers enjoy great mobile coverage, getting strong coverage into every nook and cranny of all our customers’ homes can be a challenge. To help address this, we’re launching ‘Voice over Wi-Fi’ in the first half of 2016. It works by handing mobile phone calls between the 4G service on our mobile network and your Telstra home broadband, so you can walk from room to room and stay connected. In the future, this technology will evolve to include video calling.

4) There’s a new kid on the video calling block: Video over LTE

Later this year we’ll launch the next generation of video calling. It’s called Video over LTE (ViLTE). ViLTE is an extension of our Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service that is already enabled on our mobile network, and will allow customers with compatible mobiles to make high quality video calls – just like you’d make a regular voice call. Customers will be able to switch between their voice and video mid-call and set up video calls with groups too. Initially it will be available for Telstra customers making calls within Australia on ViLTE compatible handsets.

5) LTE-Broadcast

Over the past year we have conducted several demonstrations of LTE-Broadcast (LTE-B) at major events like the NRL Grand Final. In the background, we have progressively enabled the capability to switch on LTE-B technology at over 3000 4GX sites allowing Telstra to broadcast media to a wide range of metropolitan and regional areas around Australia.

For customers, this means soon you may be able to receive broadcasts of live video and real-time match highlights in sports stadiums and other event locations, as well as mass device and application software, and content updates, with other services possible in future.

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