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Cameron Smith chats Stream Teams as footy finals series underway


Posted on September 22, 2017

2 min read

In a three-part series, Telstra speaks to players from the AFL, NRL and Netball about their season, and what Telstra-partnered Official Live Passes reveal about the season’s top games, clubs and the fans that watch them.

Six months ago, we predicted a landmark year for live mobile sports streaming in Australia. Since then, eligible Telstra mobile customers have streamed their favourite sports live, fast and data free via official Telstra AFL, NRL and Netball Live passes, and all three apps available online.

Demand has been unprecedented – in August we announced a 500 per cent year on year growth[1] in Live Pass subscribers for all three codes so far for the season. The subscriber uplift in 2017 equates to 1.5 million fans[2], with 5.45 million unique sports lovers tuning into AFL, NRL and Super Netball games every month via Telstra-partnered official mobile apps and websites.

With NRL Live App subscribers now totalling over half a million, an astounding 260 per cent increase since 2016, the unprecedented growth in digital streaming positions Telstra as the leading sports network in Australia.

The changing nature of mobile sports consumption, plus the extraordinary demand for sports mad fans to stream their favourite sport anywhere, at any time is evolving Telstra’s Live Pass products.

We met Melbourne Storm Captain Cameron Smith to look back over the NRL season, both on the pitch and in the NRL Live App, and find out how he and his team mates catch the game.

NRL Live Pass. Stream it live, fast and data-free. Included in all Telstra mobile plans and select recharges. For more information, visit

[1] Live Pass subscribers’ vs 2016, July 2017

[2] 1.45 million new Live Pass subscribers since 31 February 2017

Tags: mobile, streaming,

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The next step in the evolution of 4G connectivity


Posted on September 20, 2017

3 min read

Last month, we announced we had activated Cat M1 technology across our entire 4GX coverage footprint, becoming the first network operator in Australia to offer the technology while accelerating the growth of IoT-based businesses and applications across the country. Our IoT network is easily the largest in Australia and one of the largest in the world.

In another Australian first, we have now completed a live over-the-air Voice over LTE (VoLTE) call over Cat M1. Together with our technology partners, Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson, this live VoLTE call demonstrated that voice can be carried along with data on emerging IoT devices and applications.  This opens up new opportunities for delivering voice services in innovative device form factors and locations with new levels of cost, battery life and use case flexibility.

So how does VoLTE over Cat M1 work? 

When standard voice calls are made on a VoLTE enabled handset, VoLTE works by integrating the call into the 4G data stream.  When it comes to IoT, adding VoLTE to Cat M1 devices means those devices will have the ability to make voice calls to other devices, applications and use cases which could benefit from voice.

This will pave the way for new types of devices, applications and services for both consumers and enterprise.

For example, Telstra recently announced next generation eSIM technology, which allows customers to connect a wearable, like a smartwatch, directly to our mobile network and integrate an existing mobile number. With VoLTE over Cat M1, this could provide opportunities to further leverage the battery saving features of Cat M1 for use in wearables where voice services are required.

By combining voice enabled devices and infrastructure at low cost and in diverse locations in and out of the home, a number of other uses will come from this innovation – particularly if combined with the current explosion in voice recognition and voice enabled devices. From emergency calling panels in lifts to interactions with parking meters, information kiosks, cars or whitegoods, the possible use cases are expansive.

Demonstrating live VoLTE over Cat M1 is the first step to progressing these unique use cases. It is a significant new step in the evolution of how 4G connectivity can be enhanced, and how it enables new applications and services built upon standard network building blocks such as VoLTE.

Keep up with the latest in business and tech innovation at Telstra Vantage in our podcast series.

Tags: 4g, 4GX, IoT, mobile, networks,

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Launching ‘Liberate’: Combine the best of the desk phone and the mobile

Business and Enterprise

Posted on September 20, 2017

2 min read

We live in a world where the lines between work and personal life are blurring and people are using their personal devices more frequently for work purposes. From Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to mobility as a service, technology is enabling flexible ways of working for employees.

But, on the flipside, with the proliferation of mobile technology, people are communicating inside and outside of the office using multiple devices, various mobile communications tools and social media channels. This is causing implications for employee communications, and customer experience.

But all that is about to change.

‘Liberate’ your workforce

Today at Telstra Vantage, we announced our latest technology for businesses, bringing to market a solution to address the growing complexity of workplace mobility. And we’re proud to say, this is an Australian first.

The ‘Liberate’ product will provide our customers with a fixed to mobile network convergence capability natively to a mobile device.

This means, whether employees are on their own outside the office, or as a team in the office, they can now be as effective regardless of where they are.

How does it work?

Liberate unifies desk phones and mobiles in a single solution to simplify and enhance communications between teams and customers. Since call integration happens in the network, there’s an effortless handover between mobile and landline calls.

The mobile phone also has versatile Unified Communications functions, so employees can enjoy the best of your desk phone on the mobile for an office-like experience on the go.

Why is it so important?

We know that roughly 72 percent of enterprises businesses are either implementing or considering workplace transformation.

We want to help our customers on this journey, and that means arming them with the right technology that will empower their staff to mobilise, as well as meet the expectations and needs of their customers.

With our world-class network and reach, we know we are the best provider in Australia to meet our customers’ needs for an integrated fixed and mobile service at the network layer which will ‘Liberate’ their workforce.

Keep up with the latest in business and tech innovation at Telstra Vantage in our podcast series.

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Why now’s the perfect time to upgrade your smartphone


Posted on September 15, 2017

3 min read

A battle between the leading smartphone contenders has seen some of the biggest design upgrades since the launch of arguably the world’s most iconic touchscreen device a decade ago. This year, major players and brave new entrants alike have put the next generation of smartphone technology in the palm of our hands.

With a raft of impressive new features set to change the game once more, here’s the lowdown on why the time’s right to switch up your smartphone:

Because cameras are all about the lights and action

Australians now spend 74 per cent of their lives (probably) editing the perfect social media shot. But with dual lenses, infra-red technology and front-flash functions for ultra-glowy selfies, new smartphone features such as a Beautifying Selfie Camera with palm shutter function & BOKEH effect, will make sure every milestone moment is captured in flawless luminosity. And we all know better lighting and fancy filters equals better selfies, livestreams and social content all round.

Because the AFL and NRL footy finals are kicking off

It’s September. It’s the countdown to footy finals and the long weekend, which can mean a toss up between catching the climax to six months of hard-fought footy or making the most of three days away from work and jetting off interstate.

If you’re heading away, then a new smartphone surely has to be a packing priority. With near bezel-less screens for a top-quality viewing experience, they’re still small enough to let you stream on the sly – ideal if a LONG Saturday afternoon with non-footy fans is too much to bear.

Because there’s a new kind of face time

Smartphones contain pretty much every detail of our lives, and while fingerprint technology offers an added level of security beyond the simple passcode, facial recognition technology is taking biometric security to a whole new level.

Scanning more than 30,000 invisible dots to create a precise depth map of your face, even in the dark, facial reg-tech gives you peace of mind that the contents of your phone are, literally, for your eyes only.

Because summer’s coming

The arrival of the warmer weather inevitably means more trips to the pool/beach/local swimming hole and an elevated chance that your smartphone might, at one point or another, join you for a dip.

But with the latest devices carrying water ratings that allow them to be submerged in up to 1.5 metres of water for up to 30 minutes, a splashed smartphone no longer means hot-footing it to the shop for an emergency bag of rice.

Because the digital equivalent of spaghetti junction has had its day

We’re currently averaging four connected smart devices per person and spending an average of 35 hours a month across our devices, so it’s no surprise that our collection of charging cables resembles spaghetti junction.

But, thanks to their wireless charging capabilities, new smartphones only need to be placed on their dedicated charging pad to re-juice, leaving you free to revel in being one cable free of the digital snakepit.

Take a look at the latest smartphones to land at Telstra, and the lease plans available to make them yours.

Tags: iPhone, mobile, Samsung,

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The deconstructed phone


Posted on September 14, 2017

4 min read

With the launch of Telstra One Number, marking an exciting new era for eSim technology in Australia, Telstra’s Chief Scientist Hugh Bradlow reflects on the future of smartphone technology.

It is now 10 years since the first widely-popular smartphone transformed mobile phones and moved the world from handheld devices that did calls and messaging, to pocket computers that do mobile internet. This provokes the question “what do we expect the mobile phone to look like in 2027?” Will it still be a slab of glass with a touchscreen and cameras?

The answer is that it is more likely that the phone will have ‘deconstructed’.

So what do I mean by deconstructed? To understand that, you need to look at the components of the phone and how they might evolve.

Let’s start with the screen. In 10 years, the streets of our cities have changed from people walking with their heads up and something held to their ear, to people walking with their heads down and staring at a screen. I think we will soon get our heads back up again thanks to new heads-up display (HUD) technologies.

People will be able to get glasses that allow them to look at the real world around them but also integrate the digital world through display technology that projects the screen directly onto their eyes.

We have already seen a number of attempts at this technology such as Google Glass, but we can expect the technology to become increasingly refined. Instead of clunky prisms attached to the glasses, they will have digital light processors hidden in their frames that direct the light into an almost invisible Fresnel lens in the glass which in turn redirects the light to the eyeball.

It is also likely that the light and lens system may have ‘Foveated Rendering’ which increases the resolution in the part of the screen that the eye is looking at, thereby improving the visual experience without loading the processor and battery. This requires eye-tracking which, in any event, will be a useful technology because it will be handy for the input system (effectively enabling the cursor to follow where you are looking).

If the screen is in the glasses, how do you implement the equivalent of the touch screen? The answer lies in the augmented reality system that will also be built into the glasses. It will consist of stereoscopic cameras and depth sensors.

Not only will this technology support true augmented or “merged” reality, but it will also enable gesture recognition by moving your hands in front of you. So, while people will lift their heads when walking down the street, they will be making funny gestures in front of themselves.

However, there is more to a phone than the screen, input and cameras. There is also the ‘core’, namely the communications technologies and the batteries. While it is possible that the glasses will have their own communications technologies in the future, initially battery life is likely to preclude that.

Without the requirement for user input/output, the core of the phone is likely to be in some form of wearable – a watch, a pendant, or even in your handbag (or the handbag itself). It will probably also do health measurements (assuming it is close to the body).

While it is clear is that the phone is being deconstructed from a monolithic slab of glass and electronics to a number of bits all working in unison, not all parts will need to be present at the same time and different situations will determine which bits we would have on our person.

However, we are still missing one critical element because the one thing that won’t change is, whichever bits we have with us at any time, we are still the same person and want to be reached in the same way.

To avoid the necessity of having multiple phone numbers and the confusion that creates, Telstra is introducing the capability to have a single phone number that works across multiple devices. If someone calls and you only have your watch and earphones, but your phone is at home, it will ring both simultaneously and allow you to answer on either. The Telstra One Number service is the perfect complement to the brave new future of deconstructed phones.

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