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The best of Telstra Vantage: our highlights from a week of brilliant tech

Telstra Vantage™

Posted on September 5, 2019

2 min read

At Telstra Vantage 2019 this week, we’ve demonstrated a huge variety of innovative products and services, from 5G to IoT and everything in between.

Over 3 million new IoT ‘things’ on our network

Australians are well and truly embracing the Internet of Things, with over 3.2 million devices now connected to our IoT network and an average of 2000 more being added every day.

At Telstra Vantage 2019, we’ve been showcasing how these connected ‘things’ are assisting to increase safety, reduce costs and help our customers.

Telstra Data Hub: helping companies better share, use, and solve problems with their data

In the past, the world’s data doubled every century. Now it doubles on average every two years. The challenge facing consumers, business, industry and government is with so much data being generated, how do they harness it to drive meaning, innovation and productivity?

We’ve developed Data Hub on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to help companies better analyse and solve problems with data.

Australia’s first live 5G broadcast and what 5G could mean for entertainment

Australia’s first live 5G broadcast - Kurrawa beach, Queensland

Among the many 5G demonstrations on the Telstra Vantage floor this year was Australia’s first live 5G broadcast.

In partnership with Igloovision, Summit Tech Multimedia Communications and Magna Group, we streamed 360° video, live over 5G, from Kurrawa beach, Queensland onto the Vantage show floor in an eye-popping 8K resolution.

We’re building one of the world’s largest underground LTE networks for digital mining

We want to use the vast array of technology at our fingertips today to help businesses be more productive and efficient.

That’s why we’re excited to announce a new partnership with South32 for a private 4G LTE network at their North West Queensland mine.  The network will drive improved safety, automation and mechanisation at the site and will connect staff to vehicles and sensors around the mine at all times.

Meet the new enterprise: better together with Telstra Purple

Customers are increasingly looking to us to help transform their businesses, technology and operational processes, building on the connectivity backbone we are well known for both here in Australia and internationally.

That’s why we’ve combined our professional services arms and recent acquisitions to form Telstra Purple.

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Helping companies better share, use, and solve problems with their data

Telstra Vantage™

Posted on September 5, 2019

3 min read

By 2020, there will be more than 18 billion connected devices talking to each other and to us, encompassing everything from smartphones to home appliances, humidity sensors used in farms to factory machinery. Nearly 1.7MB of data will be created every second for every human in the world and total digital data is forecasted to exceed 44 zettabytes, about 10 times of that today. 

2020 is next year.

In the past, the world’s data doubled every century. Now it doubles on average every two years. The challenge facing consumers, business, industry and government is with so much data being generated, how do they harness it to drive meaning, innovation and productivity?

Today, 99% of all data generated remains unused. This means less than 1% of all data is used, shared and analysed.

Customers have told us seamless data collaboration is one of the most important ways they want to help drive productivity and innovation. However, there are several barriers to this, including:

  • A reluctance to share data for fear of losing control of it;
  • High costs in sharing data and the initial setup costs;
  • A lack of data standardisation; and
  • Technology challenges of integrating across different systems.

We have given a lot of thought into how we can address this growing global challenge.

The Telstra Data Hub is being collaboratively developed using the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, and allows companies to better use, analyse and solve problems using the data they generate.

The modular, cloud-based platform is designed to reduce the friction and cost of organisations using and sharing data. For the first time ever, companies will be able to securely share, view and exchange data that can deliver real benefits to their productivity.

We are initially focusing on three industries whereby creating the infrastructure and incentives to drive collaboration with data, we can help to solve industry-wide problems and thus create new products.

These three areas include Connected Supply Chain, water management, and agribusiness. By focussing on these three sectors, Telstra Data Hub can lay the foundations to help Australia rapidly digitise its economy. 

We also think these three sectors play an important role in our national economy, has significant opportunities to expand via digitisation and use of data, and has substantial environmental imperatives to optimise use.

In Connected Supply Chain, we are already seeing real benefits in partnering with one of Australia’s largest supermarket brands to improve its ability to track and monitor its shipping containers to improve productivity and visibility of shipments to reduce the cost of missing cargo.

The customer and its partners can now look forward in time to proactively respond to operational issues. They are also able to look back in time, to understand systemic chokepoints, improve efficiencies and make better strategic supply chain decisions.

In the water management sector, we have partnered with an Australian State Government that wanted to improve water quality measurement along its extensive waterways and groundwater bores in the state. In a trial, we prototyped new water quality sensors along a major river connected via Telstra’s NB-IoT network, with data visualised, shared and permissioned across multiple government agencies and related entities through the Telstra Data Hub.

Our heritage is in building national infrastructure that benefits generations. We see more than $100 billion in incremental value to customers and the economy through digitisation and data-driven collaboration.

We are excited to be partnering with Microsoft and unveiling this new innovation today at Telstra Vantage and we look forward to sharing further news as we continue to develop this exciting product.

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Australia’s first live 5G broadcast and what 5G could mean for entertainment

Telstra Vantage™ 5G

Posted on September 5, 2019

2 min read

Among the many 5G demonstrations on the Telstra Vantage floor this year was Australia’s first live 5G broadcast.

Australia’s first live 5G broadcast - Kurrawa beach, Queensland

In partnership with Igloovision, Summit Tech Multimedia Communications and Magna Group, we streamed 360° video, live over 5G, from Kurrawa beach, Queensland onto the Vantage show floor in an eye-popping 8k resolution.

The 8k resolution created an immersive experience that transported Telstra Vantage guests from the grey skies of Melbourne to the sunnier climes of the Gold Coast. The content streamed with only a two-second delay between Queensland and Victoria and we were even able to include interactive features with picture-in-picture video calling.

Australia’s first live 5G broadcast - Kurrawa beach, Queensland

The live stream was another demonstration of how we continue to lead in 5G. It also gives a glimpse of the potential 5G has to revolutionise the entertainment industries.

The increased capacity of 5G has the capability to deliver more immersive, higher resolution experiences beyond the ability of 4G. 5G is about more than just making high-definition and Ultra High Definition content ubiquitous in this country. It’s about empowering 360° filmmaking, virtual reality and augmented reality applications and the promise of new tools for broadcasters and content creators to work with.

Last year, at our 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast, we showed off one of the world’s first sports gaming experiences over 5G to pro esports team The Chiefs. Then, in the controlled environment of our testing facility, we showed off how the ultra-low latency of 5G  -about four times lower than that of 4G – could enhance the gaming experience and inspire developers within the gaming industry.

Australia’s first live 5G broadcast - Kurrawa beach, Queensland

Today at Telstra Vantage, we expanded that demonstration of the capabilities of 5G from esports to other forms of entertainment. And we are not the only people to think so – Samsung recently leveraged 5G technologies to demonstrate a multi-angle sports broadcasting and KT has rolled out a 5G based ultra-high definition live broadcasting service, providing 5G equipment to news broadcaster Seoul Broadcasting System.

The potential for 5G to expand into the broadcasting space is exponential, and if we can inspire the next generation of content creators, who knows what the future of entertainment may be – a virtual reality season of Game of Thrones, or perhaps the AFL Grand Final broadcast in 360 from the centre circle?

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We’re building one of the world’s largest underground LTE networks for digital mining

Telstra Vantage™

Posted on September 4, 2019

3 min read

We want to use the vast array of technology at our fingertips today to help businesses be more productive and efficient. That’s why we’re excited to announce a new partnership with South32 for a private 4G LTE network at their North West Queensland mine.

Right now, we’re in pre-deployment stage at the South32 Cannington underground silver, lead and zinc mine.  The network will drive improved safety, automation and mechanisation at the site and will connect staff to vehicles and sensors around the mine at all times.  The high throughput and low latency offered by the system means that staff will be able to control critical equipment without interruption, and South32’s digitalisation strategy will be achievable throughout the mine.

By adopting 4G LTE underground, the Cannington mine will be able to achieve better operating transparency, condition monitoring and production improvements for staff, machines and other mining systems, driving safety, productivity and efficiency.

We’ll be building an initial underground network 6.5kms in length using a private, virtualised core and LTE radio technologies distributed over leaky feeder cable using LTE-capable bi-directional amplifiers. Our analysis indicates this to be the most effective solution for underground miners and is capable of adapting to the unique geology and composition of the Cannington mine.  It enables access to the latest advances in 4G LTE and NB-IoT, and is also upgradeable to 5G in the future.

The network being private means that it will be a completely standalone mobile network, independent from others, like Telstra’s own public network. South32 Cannington will have its own equipment, SIM cards and unique network codes for full autonomy and complete control.

Providing a modern connectivity platform will allow for more flexible operations as well as scalability and choice in applying various digital solutions. The combination of Ericsson mobile network equipment, Telstra radio spectrum, and leaky feeder solutions from specialist manufacturer METStech provides a unique capability that has made extending LTE underground a more commercially realistic and safer prospect.

At its full deployment, it’ll become one of the largest underground mining LTE networks in the world using leaky feeder. We’re excited to help drive South32’s Cannington mine further with this new private network, as it looks to pay dividends to safety, productivity and more.

If you want to catch a glimpse of the technology behind this build, make sure to visit the Ericsson stand at Telstra Vantage in Melbourne on 4 and 5 September.

Celebrating 20 years at our Global Operations Centre

Network

Posted on August 30, 2019

3 min read

Telstra Global Operations Centre

This week, we’re celebrating the 20th birthday of our Global Operations Centre in Clayton, Victoria. 

The state of the art facility took six years to develop and build, and cost $35 million. 

Our entire network across Australia and overseas is monitored around the clock from this one site.  

“When the GOC was put together it was the first facility of its kind in the world, we believe, that managed both copper networks and optical networks from a single place,” said Ian Wood, who leads this Centre and the IT Command Centre. 

The GOC’s stunning centrepiece is a massive digital video wall. It measures 24 metres long and 2.5 metres high. It enables staff to monitor Telstra’s fixed, broadband, satellite, broadcast television, data and mobile networks in real time. The surveillance hall itself is more than four times larger than NASA’s Houston control centre. 

The GOC has monitored over a trillion local calls since opening and hundreds of billions of text messages. 

“As technology has evolved, we’ve moved more into the optical networks and undersea cable networks,” Mr Wood explained. 

“Telstra’s been a leader in many technologies and 4G, 5G are examples of those technologies and the teams here are well integrated into both the product side of our business as well as the technology side of our business, therefore when these technologies go live, we are well prepared to support them.” 

“I think that celebrating 20 years is a significant milestone not just for the people who are here today, but importantly for the people who have come before us. I think the important thing is to reflect on the history of who’s been here and supported our communities in Australia.” 

“There’s been hundreds of technicians and engineers move through our centre, and every single one of them has been passionate about customers, our community and ensuring that Telstra is the best we can possibly be,” Mr Wood said. 

As we move into the 2020s and the deployment of 5G throughout Australia, there is an excitement at the GOC with future possibilities. 

“Our goal is to become the centre of expertise for operations within our product enablement groups, and within our engineering groups. The team at the GOC knows Operations, they’re the leaders, they’re the best and they’re a great crew,” he said. 

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