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The Perfect Swarm: five drones, one pilot, and a mobile cell on wings

Telstra Vantage™

Posted on September 20, 2018

3 min read

Straight from Telstra Vantage™, hear more about how industry is transforming itself for the future from inspirational thinkers in an open discussion with host Adam Spencer.

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As part of Telstra Vantage™ 2018 we took the opportunity to brief media on our new drone technologies that use our mobile network to assist authorities in disaster management situations.

Extreme weather events, such as bushfires, cyclones and floods, have a devastating impact on people and communities in Australia. We are already using drones to inspect our network infrastructure and provide rapid assessments of any damage when disaster strikes to help us restore services faster. With 5G on the near horizon, we are working on how drones can be used to go even further in helping communities and governments manage and recover after a natural disaster.

Our new drone technology was trialled in the field earlier in September in Laverton, Victoria, where the Telstra Labs team executed a drone swarm and a mobile ‘cell on wings’ demonstration using 4GX on the Telstra mobile network.

The drone swarm is a group of drones controlled by a single pilot flying in formation and using vision capture to quickly and efficiently map an area impacted by fire or flood. As the technology matures, allowing for more than one drone per pilot, drone swarms will be able to be deployed routinely to simultaneously cover and search a large area – something that could save lives in an emergency rescue situation, and time and money in less dramatic situations.

Computer vision capability enables the cameras on the drones to identify specific objects, such as people and vehicles. This can help emergency services operators to locate people who require rescue, and also in assessing the overall scale of damage over a large area.

The ‘cell on wings’ is a mobile small cell mounted on a drone in order to temporarily boost mobile network coverage in a local area, which is particularly useful in emergency situations.

Telstra’s mobile network is an essential element in enabling the use of drones in emergency situations. The network allows us to quickly send and receive data from the drone, and allows the pilots to safely set up missions for multiple drones through a single platform with visibility and control over all the drones that are flying.

In the future, 5G will allow operators using this type of technology to run missions end-to-end with an extensive data uplink capability. This would mean being able to stream large sets of live data (such as high resolution video) back to operators in real time, and back to the server for even more intelligent decision making.

5G’s low latency will allow much more precise real time control over drones and other remotely-operated vehicles over the next decade.

Telstra is committed to being the leading enabler and communications backbone of the future safe and secure drone-based economy.

Read more about Telstra’s 5G leadership.

Hear more on 5G and how industry is transforming itself for the future from inspirational thinkers in an open discussion with host Adam Spencer.

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Tags: 5g, Drones, IoT,

Deloitte: 5G Mobile Technology Report 2018

Business and Enterprise

Posted on September 19, 2018

1 min read

5G is the latest development in mobile technology and will deliver faster speeds, better reliability, and improved capacity. In addition to bringing improved mobile experiences for consumers, 5G is expected to have a wide range of commercial applications.

In this context, Telstra has engaged Deloitte to analyse the potential benefits of 5G to businesses and the broader economy. This report is based on a bespoke survey of 550 Australian senior business leaders. The report indicates that more than three-quarters of those surveyed (78%) say that faster, more reliable and more responsive mobile telecommunications would benefit their business.  And, over two-thirds of businesses surveyed expect to be using 5G in 2020.

You can download the full report here: Deloitte 5G Mobile Technology – Business Readiness Report 2018.

Straight from Telstra Vantage™, hear more about how industry is transforming itself for the future from inspirational thinkers in an open discussion with host Adam Spencer.

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5G: where promise meets reality


Posted on September 10, 2018

5 min read

with Channa Seneviratne, Executive Director, Network and Infrastructure Engineering – Telstra

More than 600 delegates from the 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) – the body that will set global standards to enable 5G – are meeting on the Gold Coast this week.

5G will underpin the adoption of a whole raft of world changing new technologies including the Internet of Things and driverless cars, so it is not hyperbole to say the 3GPP meeting will be future shaping. With so much at stake we thought it was important to explain what 5G is, and why it matters.

We have been asked many times – “Will 5G change the world?”. The short answer is absolutely yes. The slightly longer answer is this blog.

The best way to understand 5G is to realise it is more than just a faster, more efficient technology for mobile phones. What sets 5G apart from every earlier “G” is its ability to carry signals significantly faster. Latency – the time gap between a request for data being sent and the data being received – on 5G is reduced dramatically.

To put that into context, on an older 3G phone, latency was around 100 milliseconds – that is one tenth of a second. 10 years of steady development and investment meant 4G latency was down to around 30 milliseconds. With 5G though, typical latency will be as little as 4 milliseconds and with smart network engineering may go as low as 1 millisecond – one thousandth of a second – for ultra-critical Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Why does that matter? Because while 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G were primarily about connecting voice and then data, 5G will be about connecting everything: what is referred to as Internet of Things. We may not notice one tenth of a second delay when we are waiting for a webpage to load but that type of lag will not work in the emerging body of applications that will require virtually instant response times.

Doctors performing surgery remotely using tactile internet tools need instant responsiveness far beyond what today’s 4G technology can provide. Autonomous cars need to be able to react instantly to obstacles and traffic directions to be able to safely navigate through busy traffic. Sensor-laden factories, smart electricity grids and other infrastructure need to be able to make adjustments instantly if they are to deliver the promised efficiencies and cost savings.

A world gearing up for 5G

We are already seeing industry gearing up to seize opportunities from 5G. Some forecasts indicate 5G will enable US$12 trillion in economic output globally, support 22 million jobs and drive US$200 billion annually by 2035. We believe we are on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution where the physical world is infused with digitally enabled mass automation. Because it is not just 5G on its own – 5G is arriving at a same time as other technology innovations in software defined networks, big data analytics, machine learning and IoT. It is the combination of these things that will be so transformative.

We are already seeing consumers eagerly anticipating lightning fast 5G connectivity, and the many things that it will enable in their lives. And Telstra has been at the forefront of the 5G charge with a string of world and Australian 5G firsts culminating in our recent launch of 5G network readiness in selected metropolitan and regional areas.

While there is a lot of excitement around 5G, we still often get asked by analysts, investors and even other telcos why Telstra is so committed to leading on 5G? Many people still want to know what the use case or application is that justifies the investment necessary to deploy 5G? These are the same questions that were asked ahead of the previous generations of wireless technology. Before 2G it was hard to conceive of the mobile phone becoming a mass market device owned by billions of people. Before 3G, it was questionable that enough people would want to access the internet on their phones. And before 4G, it was a brave call to suggest enough people wanted access to HD video at all times.

But in every one of these occasions the demand not only materialised it did so with remarkable speed and on a remarkable scale. Indeed, each new technology has been embraced more quickly than the last. 4G took just five years to reach 2.5 billion people, compared to eight years for 3G. And the customers of first-mover telco’s such as Telstra, enjoyed the earliest and greatest benefits of new technology.

From Telstra’s perspective, the baseline business case is simple. We are facing rapidly growing volumes of data and we need more efficient ways of meeting our customers’ demands. What that means is that we need to transform our network economics, and the 10X greater capacity of 5G at lower cost per bit will help do that for us.

On top of that we see incredibly exciting opportunities to open up new applications and services delivered over mobile using 5G – everything from IoT on a massive scale, to 4K and 8K video, to mission critical services, to remote robotics will be brought to a whole new level by 5G.

Tags: 5g, customers,

Connecting Australia’s farmers to the world


Posted on August 29, 2018

2 min read

Today I was in Toowoomba, in the heart of the Darling Downs region in Queensland, where we have proudly achieved another 5G first – activating the first 5G mobile base station in a regional city in Australia.

It’s an incredibly exciting time as we start expanding 5G coverage to more capital cities and regional centres over the coming months.

It follows our switch on in selected areas on the Gold Coast, cementing our position as the first mobile network in Australia to be 5G ready.

Bringing the transformational technology of 5G to Toowoomba, a regional centre and one of the fastest growing cities in the country, is exciting for the possibilities it will enable in education, health, community services, business and agriculture – all major industry sectors in the local economy. We’re only starting to imagine the possibilities.

For a sector like agriculture, the fibre-like data speeds, low latency and high performance and capacity of 5G open up fantastic opportunities for growth as well as for overcoming some very real challenges.

Toowoomba and the Darling Downs are home to 4300 farms, and an agricultural sector producing almost $4 billion in annual value. It is also the second biggest employer.

Across the country, agriculture is one of our most important industries, with more than 300,000 people working in the sector, generating almost $60 billion in value and growing enough food to feed 80 million people each year.

It is the life blood of much of regional Australia – joining communities together, creating jobs, and sustaining the standard of living for Australian farming families and the businesses and suppliers that work with them.

Tags: 5g, customers,

We’ve turned on 5G on the Gold Coast


Posted on August 15, 2018

2 min read

After several milestones this year in preparation for 5G, today we turned on 5G in selected areas on the Gold Coast – making the Telstra Mobile Network the first in Australia to be 5G ready.

At the beginning of the year, we opened our 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast. This centre has been the home for testing the next generation of mobile technologies in Australian conditions to support the early commercial deployment of 5G.

Since that opening, we have achieved multiple world and Australian firsts including the world’s first precinct of 5G-enabled WiFi hotspots, Australia’s first Connected Car, and the world’s first end-to-end 5G data call on a commercial mobile network.

Today we can announce we have switched on 5G technology across selected areas of the Gold Coast, making Australia’s largest and fastest mobile network is the first in the country to be 5G ready. And this is just the beginning of our roll out of 5G technology, with more than 200 5G-capable sites planned to be live around the country by the end of 2018.

So what do we mean by ‘5G ready’? Telstra’s 5G network readiness means if a 5G commercial device was available today, a customer would have a working 5G service.

Our plans are well on the way to delivering 5G, and today we have turned on a selection of sites across the Gold Coast using the licensed 3.4GHz spectrum and these sites are connected to our new modernised production core network.

Over the coming months we will continue expanding our 5G coverage with plans to roll out to more capital cities, regional centres and other high demand areas.

The Gold Coast will also be the location for a key 3GPP meeting, the international standard setting body, in September to consider the global standards for 5G. We are looking forward to hosting leading 5G developers from around the world so Australian businesses can begin developing products and services that will take advantage of 5G.

Telstra’s rollout of 5G is underpinned by around $5 billion in mobile network investment over the three years to 30 June 2019, consistent with previous guidance, to enhance the capacity, capability and reach of our network.

This investment is a key element of our T22 strategy, which will help us to lead the Australian market by simplifying our operations and product set, improving customer experience and reducing our cost base.

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