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Pushing the boundaries of 4G with a world first 2Gbps capable data call


Posted on September 19, 2018

2 min read

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Telstra is again pushing the boundaries of what is possible on our mobile network, making the world’s first 2Gbps capable 4G data call using the live commercial network.

Together with technology partners Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Telstra has made the world’s first 2Gbps capable 4G data call using our mobile network in the regional centre of Toowoomba in Queensland.

This call follows the 2Gbps speed demonstration at Mobile World Congress in February and the further testing in Sweden in June, and is the first time the technology has been taken out of the lab and deployed using a real commercial network.

This live call was achieved using Qualcomm Technologies’ mobile test platform powered by the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem, an Ericsson Radio System base-station Ericsson’s Network Software and Ericsson core network. The call highlights what is possible by aggregating five LTE carriers across three different frequency bands with each carrier using 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM technologies.

Success in 5G will depend on a strong underlying 4G network, and this world first 2Gbps capable LTE data call over Telstra’s live commercial network is an important step forward in the development of 5G.

Telstra has the commercial end-to-end network capability of delivering the world leading LTE speeds, and will now begin to deploy this technology in selected areas of our mobile network to support even greater capacity and faster mobile speeds for our customers.

We expect to deploy 2Gbps enabled 4G technology in select locations later in 2018. With the new 2Gbps capable NETGEAR Nighthawk Mobile Router expected to be available in the coming months, we are gearing up to launch the world’s fastest 4G device on Australia’s fastest mobile network. What’s more, we expect this device will likely be faster than some early 5G devices.

We are pleased to be working with Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies on what is another example of how Telstra is innovating at the cutting edge of mobile technology.

* Based on national average combined 3G/4G mobile speeds

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A step closer to 2Gbps enabled 4G


Posted on June 15, 2018

2 min read

Following our record-breaking demonstration of 2Gbps enabled 4G download speeds at Mobile World Congress, we’ve taken another big step towards making Australia’s fastest mobile network* even faster.

Together with Ericsson, NETGEAR and Qualcomm, we started testing 2Gbps over LTE (or 4G) overnight in the Ericsson lab environment in Stockholm Sweden and with a prototype commercial device.

The results continue to be very positive, again demonstrating that by aggregating 100MHz of spectrum across various combinations of frequency bands and utilising 4×4 multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) technology, speeds of 2Gbps can be achieved over 4G. The tests also showed the new NETGEAR Nighthawk Mobile Router in action.

With the early success of the latest testing, we can now begin to plan to deploy the 2Gbps enabled 4G technology in our network, targeting high traffic areas like CBDs, stadiums and shopping centres. This will support even greater capacity and faster mobile speeds for our customers as the demand for data continues to grow.

We expect to deploy 2Gbps enabled LTE technology in select locations later in 2018. With the NETGEAR Nighthawk Mobile Router expected to be available in late 2018, we are gearing up to launch the world’s fastest 4G device on Australia’s fastest mobile network.

Enhancing the performance of 4G is also an important step forward in the development of 5G.

For most initial uses, 5G will not be a standalone technology. This means the quality of the underlying 4G service and how it integrates with 5G will go a long way to determining the overall mobile experience.

As this testing shows, there is still plenty of life left in 4G as we continue to invest in faster speeds and greater capacity on 4G as part of delivering the best mobile experience for our customers.

Deploying commercial 2Gbps testing with global leaders in technology, like Ericsson, NETGEAR and Qualcomm, is another example of how Telstra is innovating at the cutting edge of mobile technology.

We’re committed to continuing to deliver Australia’s largest and fastest mobile network*, providing our customers with an unrivalled network experience and preparing our networks for future growth.

*All references to Australia’s fastest network are based on national average combined 3G/4G mobile speeds.

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Our new Go Repeaters bring mobile coverage to more places

Regional Devices

Posted on May 1, 2018

4 min read

Today we launched Telstra Go Repeaters – an intelligent antenna solution designed to improve mobile coverage or provide coverage in some places where it’s unavailable. Developed as part of our investment in mobile coverage for regional customers, the device can help improve voice quality and data speeds for both residential and business customers.

We know reliable coverage is at the heart of what our customers want from us. Over the previous three financial years alone, we have invested $2.2 billion in our regional mobile network so more Australians can experience a connected world that supports their way of life.

In addition to upgrading our mobile network in hundreds of regional locations to 4GX, bringing mobile coverage to some of the most remote communities of Australia, we also continue to look for ways to help customers connect with a number of products available like the Telstra Go Repeater that have been developed with our regional customers in mind.

The new Go Repeater is available in two variants: a stationary version designed for customers seeking a coverage solution in residential and commercial premises, and a portable version designed for customers that want to boost coverage in their car, truck or boat. Operating on both our 3G, 4G and 4GX technology, the device works by receiving mobile signals through an external antenna and then enhancing and re-transmitting this signal to a single indoor or in vehicle antenna to extend coverage.

The mobile variant of the new Telstra Go Repeater (above), designed to be installed in vehicles, and the stationary solution (below) for home or business installation.

Suitable for customers that travel between coverage areas or through areas of patchy coverage, or who work in offices or live in residences where indoor signal may be weaker or lacking, Telstra Go Repeater can both improve and extend coverage in areas where signal doesn’t reach.

The launch builds on a number of initiatives that allow our regional customers to connect and businesses to thrive, such as Telstra Wi-Fi Calling that provides voice calling capability on compatible devices when connected to a supported Wi-Fi network, even when the mobile signal is weak or absent, and our Blue Tick rating that signifies a mobile device has been thoroughly tested to deliver superior voice coverage in rural areas.

We are also an active participant in the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, one of the largest ever expansions of mobile coverage in regional and rural Australia. We are bringing new and improved mobile coverage to regional and remote communities with more than 650 new mobile base stations being built through the Program, and have already delivered over half of these sites. This is more than double the commitment of all other carriers combined and representing a total Telstra investment of $260 million.

Customers can take up the Telstra Go Repeater on a monthly repayment plan or purchase the device outright, at a RRP of $648 for the stationary version or RRP of $720 for the portable version which includes an external magnetic mount antenna and internal antenna. The stationary version will require an external antenna at an additional cost and is required to be professionally installed. We do not offer installation for the portable version and it is recommended that customers arrange installation by an auto-electrician if required.

Things you need to know

  • The Telstra Mobile Network offers 4GX in all capital CBDs and selected suburban and regional areas and is progressively rolling out to more places. In other coverage areas around Australia, you’ll automatically switch to our fastest available 4G or 3G. Check coverage here.
  • 4GX speeds: Speeds vary for reasons like location, distance from base stations, terrain, user numbers, hardware/software configuration, download source and upload destination.
  • Both the portable and stationary versions of the Telstra Go Repeater have been tested, authorised and approved by Telstra for use on the Telstra Mobile Network. The Telstra Go Repeater is compatible with Telstra’s Next G® Network and 4GX service operating on 3G 850MHz and 4G 700MHz / 1800MHz bands.
  • A single External Antenna (not included) is required to receive the macro-network signals, and a single Indoor Antenna (included) is required where you need service.
  • The type of External and Internal antenna is dependent on the specific use cases and coverage scenario.
  • Blue-Tick rating devices are tested for receiver sensitivity in a laboratory under controlled conditions and in rural areas on the Telstra Mobile Network, ensuring optimal call quality for customers.

Samsung Galaxy S9 cracks 1.03Gbps speeds in real-world testing


Posted on March 20, 2018

2 min read

In an Australian first, we have recorded smartphone download speeds in excess of 1 Gigabit per second (1Gbps) on a commercial mobile network – using the new Samsung Galaxy S9+.

We’ve achieved the fastest download speeds of any commercial smartphone on any commercial network, with a brand new Samsung Galaxy S9+ cracking the 1Gbps mark repeatedly in our real-world tests in Sydney. One of the tests recorded a blistering 1.03Gbps. To put that in context, a new-release movie like Thor Ragnarok (of around 3.2GB download size) from Google Play Movies would take a mere 25 seconds to download at this speed.

The 1.03Gbps result recorded in our real-world test in Sydney
The 1.03Gbps result recorded in our real-world test in Sydney.

Our head of mobiles Kevin Teoh said that as well as being an Australian first, this is an important milestone for our mobile network: “This is the first time in Australia that speeds in excess of 1Gbps have been demonstrated on a commercial network with a commercial smartphone”.

“While customers using this phone on Telstra’s 4GX service will typically see download speeds in the range of 5-300Mbps – tests like these show that, from time to time, Galaxy S9 owners may see significantly higher speeds in Telstra’s gigabit-enabled coverage areas.”

These download tests are an exciting benchmark for the quality of our network and of the latest smartphones running on it, but they also demonstrate that these innovations enable a new set of high-tech features in the devices we carry around in our pockets.

Kevin Teoh explains further: “Cracking the magic gigabit mark on smartphones is an exciting milestone. As smartphones evolve and we move into the 5G era there will be a new raft of sophisticated features that are enabled by reliably fast data speeds.

Samsung Galaxy S9 cracks 1.03Gbps speeds in real-world testing

“High-quality augmented reality, virtual personal assistants that anticipate needs and virtual doctors that monitor vital signs are just some of the technologies that are on the horizon.”

Telstra’s gigabit-enabled coverage is available in the Sydney and Melbourne CBDs (3km radius), Brisbane Adelaide CBDs (2.0 km radius) and a number of sites in selected high traffic locations. Gigabit LTE deployment is also underway in the Perth CBD. Typical customer speeds will be less.

For Cat 16 or Cat 18 devices, typical speeds are in the range of 5 to 300 Mbps in 4GX coverage areas, with the upper end of that range more often experienced in the gigabit-enabled areas noted.

You can buy the Samsung Galaxy S9 here.

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5G, IoT, new phones and super-fast 4G: all the news from MWC 2018

Network IoT

Posted on March 1, 2018

3 min read

At the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the show floor is abuzz with news and demonstrations of 5G, and the latest developments in 4G and the Internet of Things. Here’s what we saw.

Like CES 2018 in January, MWC has been dominated by talk of 5G – the next generation of mobile technology that looks set to provide a massive boost in capacity and speed, as well as the ability for a variety of low-power Internet of Things devices to be connected simultaneously. The same use cases for connected cars and wearables are on show, demonstrating the huge potential for every part of our lives to be touched by technology.

We are investing heavily in our planning for 5G, continuing our stated goal of building the Networks for the Future for our customers. At our 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast, we will be completing a number of trials in 2018 to demonstrate the potential of 5G and establish the ways in which this new technology will transform the way we live and work.

The centrepiece of MWC has undoubtedly been the launch of our partner Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones, innovative dual-aperture cameras that switch between various lighting conditions with ease and take smartphone photography to the next level. You can pre-order the new Galaxy S9 right now before its release on March 16.

Plenty of other smartphones from other companies like Nokia and Alcatel were introduced, too. One interesting trend is that many smartphones are moving to a 18:9 screen ratio – a longer display that allows more information to be shown without expanding the width of the handset itself. What’s old is also new again, with Nokia also announcing the return of the iconic ‘Matrix phone’ at the show.

One major potential benefit of using 5G and our always-improving 4G service is for the Internet of Things – a new class of wireless devices with low-power and high-efficiency connection ability. Telstra’s technology partner Ericsson demonstrated an IoT use case for agriculture at its MWC booth, with a connected irrigation device reporting a wealth of data on sensor status and alerts; these high-tech applications will help farmers and our other customers better understand their businesses in the years to come.

We demonstrated record breaking 4G download speeds of 2Gbps at MWC together with our technology partners Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies. We also announced our plan to add this new speed capability to our mobile network in selected areas in the coming months.

While at MWC, we have also taken the opportunity to meet with media and our partners to discuss our advancement in LTE-Broadcast technology, which we will be introducing with the AFL Live Official app in time for round one, for our Samsung Galaxy S8 and S9 customers. The new technology allows for streaming of AFL games in the highest possible video and audio quality, no matter how many fans are watching at the same time and in the same location – enabling a seamless streaming experience.

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