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Lexus and Telstra at the Grand Prix: come and see the future of driving safety

Network 5G

Posted on March 14, 2019

2 min read

We’re proud to partner with Lexus in developing life-saving communication technologies for connected vehicles, and we’re even prouder to be able to show those innovative vehicles to you at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix this weekend.

As part of the Victorian Government’s Towards Zero road safety strategy, we’re working with Lexus to test and trial new and potentially life-saving Cellular V2X technology and advanced driver assistance features on Australian roads. Lexus will have these technologies and more on show at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix from 14 to 17 March, demonstrating how they work and why we need them.

Using our 4G mobile network and Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology on two Lexus hybrid cars, our partnership has tested and developed driver assistance features like emergency braking detection communication between cars, and beyond-visual-range stopped vehicle warnings – both of which can contribute to making our roads a safer place for everyone.

Cellular V2X uses a combination of our 4G mobile network and short-range radios for direct communication between nearby vehicles and the environment around them – not just other cars and trucks, but also infrastructure like traffic lights, or even the smartphones of nearby pedestrians. There’s also a pathway for 5G technology to be used in V2X development in the future, for more detailed communication and faster response times.

This trial is being undertaken as a part of Victoria’s Towards Zero strategy to help inform the future development and adoption of road safety technologies, and we think that this innovative project using world-leading technology will contribute to making our roads safer and less congested. We are all excited to see how this technology matures, and to take part in its development along the way.

It will be some time before autonomous vehicles are commonplace on Australian roads, but our work with Lexus will make driving a safer experience well before then.

Tags: 4g, sport,

Climbing the transformation mountain

Business and Enterprise

Posted on March 14, 2019

2 min read

Two years have passed since someone suggested to me to work with them on transforming Telstra’s B2B business. In those two years, we have been on an amazing journey of understanding what it means to perform a heart and lung transplant on a patient running a marathon while also leading the pack.

In two years, we have not only established a set of end-to-end integrated systems, from product definition to customer billing, we have also launched what is one of Telstra’s most holistic offers to market as a true paperless proposition –it has been awesome to see the positive impacts to our customers and partners.

To many of the team, delivering all of these aspects in our transformation program has felt like we have climbed a mountain. That said, we have a long way still to go to realise the scale of change that will ensure a sustainable change for the business.

There have been many examples of change that our transformation program is bringing, including the automatic flow of information between systems without any human intervention. This might seem obvious, but any business or IT person involved in managing system handoffs will appreciate that it’s these integrations that are the hardest. Hearing from one of the team how data is now populating automatically between systems without any need to request it is music to my ears.

Tags: 4g, IoT,

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.