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Introducing the NETGEAR Nighthawk M2 mobile router

Tech and Innovation

Posted on February 26, 2019

2 min read

Two years after we launched the world’s fastest mobile hotspot, the gigabit-capable NETGEAR Nighthawk M1, and then doubled those download speeds in network testing in 2018, we’re back with an upgrade: the NETGEAR Nighthawk M2 mobile router.

On the NETGEAR Nighthawk M2, you can experience typical download speeds of 5-500Mbps and typical upload speeds of 1-40Mbps in 4GX coverage areas – the upper end of this typical speed range will be more commonly experienced in and around the CBDs of the major cities. Outside 4GX coverage areas, typical speeds will be lower.

Following in the footsteps of the hugely successful first Nighthawk mobile router, the Nighthawk M2 carries over the premium design and colourful, data-rich touchscreen and improves your on-the-go Wi-Fi experience by making it easier to navigate through menus on the device.

The Nighthawk M2 supports up to 20 Wi-Fi devices on a single connection, so whether you’re travelling with family or running a data-hungry portable business you’ll be able to securely connect all your devices and share in fast mobile internet. A complementary NETGEAR Mobile App lets you configure the device without taking it out of your backpack or briefcase.

 NETGEAR Nighthawk M2 mobile router

It’s packed with the latest 4G technology, too – with Category 20 LTE Advanced speeds, 4X4 MIMO and 5-band Carrier Aggregation it can handle high definition media streaming, and you can even charge a smartphone in a pinch using the JumpBoost battery charging feature.

Our rollout of over 200 5G base stations across our network – with more to come in 2019 and beyond – also means improvements to 4G network hardware. This series of network upgrades is not only making Telstra’s mobile network 5G ready but is also expected to help deliver world leading 4G speeds that can be accessed on the Nighthawk M2.

 NETGEAR Nighthawk M2 mobile router

We’ll be making the NETGEAR Nighthawk M2 available in store and online from February 26 at a recommended retail price of $384 or on a range of our Mobile Broadband plans.

*Disclaimer: actual customer speeds will be less

We’re working with CBA and Ericsson to bring 5G to banking

Tech and Innovation 5G

Posted on February 25, 2019

3 min read

In an industry first, we’re collaborating with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Ericsson to explore and trial 5G ‘edge computing’ technology for financial services – giving you a glimpse of the bank of the future.

Our collaboration with the Commonwealth Bank and Ericsson is the first of its kind in Australia to bring technology providers and the financial services sector together in exploring 5G edge computing use cases and network architectures. We intend to test end-to-end banking solutions over 5G – showcasing what the bank of the future might look like, and exploring how 5G edge compute can reduce the network infrastructure required at individual bank branches.

What does 5G edge compute technology enable?

5G edge compute will allow us to discover more ways to access and interact with financial institutions in ways we haven’t even explored yet. For example, your face and fingerprints could be used in the future to verify and confirm your identity faster and more securely. You might be able to walk into a bank, scan your face/finger and immediately withdraw or deposit your money and walk straight out – providing a faster and more secure way to access your money.

Further to this, the potential of 5G edge compute might mean something as simple as faster transactions when paying for your groceries at a wireless payment terminal, or a more secure, personalised experience when using an ATM by not having to use your PIN number.

That’s what the technology behind 5G edge compute makes possible, and we’re working with Commonwealth Bank and Ericsson to see what’s possible in the banking sector. It has the potential to transform banking, and to deliver innovation to the financial services sector in a faster and more efficient manner.

Commonwealth Bank, Ericsson and Telstra

5G edge computing is all about bringing the network closer to the user or application. For financial institutions like Commonwealth Bank, it will help to enhance existing banking applications as well as deliver new use cases such as artificial intelligence, all supported by a range of software defined networking solutions.

Our earliest work with Commonwealth Bank and Ericsson will examine the process of simplifying the network operations and complexity required at individual bank branches, and will explore optimal 5G coverage solutions and provide more flexibility for bank locations.

These trials will provide valuable lessons and insights for us, too, as we continue to deploy 5G and explore further options with a range of partners and assess the potential for edge computing in telecommunications across many industry verticals.

Tags: 5g, mobile, mwc, MWC 2019,

Unveiling the Samsung Galaxy S10 – and our landmark 5G upgrade offer

Devices 5G

Posted on February 21, 2019

5 min read

Samsung has just introduced its latest and greatest Android smartphones to the world, unveiling the Galaxy S10 family at its UNPACKED event, ahead of Mobile World Congress 2019. We’re pleased to be stocking the S10+, S10 and S10e, in stores from 08 March, but there’s more – if you get a Galaxy S10+ with us, you’ll be able to bring your S10+ back and upgrade to the 5G-capable Samsung Galaxy S10 5G at no extra cost when it’s released in the first half of this year.

I’m at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event in San Francisco, on the ground with our partners to see the next evolution in the Galaxy line of smartphones – and to usher in a new mobile era made possible by 5G.

Built around a cinematic, bezel-less screen designed for the most immersive viewing, the Galaxy S10 series have no ‘notch’ up top – instead, their new Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display hides the front-facing camera within the screen itself. That big, bright screen can also show more detail than ever with HDR10+ support.

Unveiling the Samsung Galaxy S10 - and our landmark 5G upgrade offer

It’s their cameras that will capture the envy of your friends though. All versions have a full kit of lenses, meaning you have an entire professional-grade camera kit in your pocket with zoom, wide and ultra-wide lenses whenever you need them – and a built-in intelligent photo assistant so you can turn what you see in real life into a long-term memory.

It also marks Samsung’s first-ever in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor in a smartphone. That might sound a bit techy, but what it means is that you’ll be able to press the screen of the S10 or S10+ with a finger to unlock it, using ultrasonic waves that read the unique ridges of your finger – and it even works in cold or dry conditions, giving you even more peace of mind that your personal data is secure and safe for only you to see.

Unveiling the Samsung Galaxy S10 - and our landmark 5G upgrade offer

All of the Galaxy S10 series devices feature the new Wireless PowerShare mode, which lets you charge other wireless devices like a smartwatch just by resting it against the back of your phone. Of course, you still get all of Samsung’s hallmark design features like IP68 water and dust resistance, fast wireless charging and the ability to add up to 512GB of memory via microSD on all three models.

We’ll have the Samsung Galaxy S10 series available for pre-order from 9AM today. If you order a Galaxy S10+, we have a special treat in store for you – read on below.

At launch on 8 March, we’ll be offering the S10 family of devices on a range of consumer and small business plans. For example, the S10+ 128GB will be available on our XL lease plan for $129 a month* (for 24 months, min cost $3096) and will come with 160GB of data**, unlimited national and international talk and text***, Peace of Mind data as well as our sport, music and Wi-Fi data inclusions.

Pre-orders of the Galaxy S10+, S10 and S10e smartphones also come with bonus Galaxy Buds (valued at $249 RRP).

You can find all our Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone offers and plans here.

*   includes $10 credit
**  includes 100GB of bonus data
*** to 15 select countries

Unveiling the Samsung Galaxy S10 - and our landmark 5G upgrade offer

Our landmark 5G upgrade offer with Samsung

Here’s some more good news: anyone who purchases a Samsung Galaxy S10+ with us will be able to bring their S10+ back and upgrade to the 5G-capable Samsung Galaxy S10 5G at no extra cost when it’s released.

This is about giving you the best of both mobile worlds – we want you to experience one the newest and most feature-packed smartphones powered by our world-leading 4GX mobile network, and then we want to make it possible for you to upgrade to 5G, the next revolution in mobile technology, later in the year.

We’re extremely excited by this latest partnership with Samsung – as the first mobile operator to make the Galaxy S10 5G available to customers as soon as it’s launched in Australia, we wanted to do something special for you.

5G means the potential for faster downloads, high resolution video streaming with less buffering, and better mobile gaming on the go. The potential for ultrafast speeds and low latency of 5G will open new doors for businesses, too – so we’re opening up the offer to our small and medium business customers as well.

With more than 200 Telstra 5G-enabled mobile sites online across the nation, our customers will be at the forefront of this revolutionary technology as well as enjoying the multiple cameras, wireless power sharing, stunning display, sonic fingerprint security and other exciting features on Samsung’s newest smartphones.

We’ve hit plenty of Australian-first milestones together with Samsung in the past – like breaking the 1Gbps download speed barrier on the Samsung Galaxy S9 – and we look forward to many more in the future. The arrival of 5G will be a true game-changer, and we’re looking forward to being among the first in the world to experience it with you.

Deloitte: 5G Mobile Technology Report 2018

Business and Enterprise 5G

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.





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Tags: 5g, mobile,

How far we’ve come: celebrating the 25th anniversary of 2G

Network 5G

Posted on April 27, 2018

3 min read

Time flies when you’re having fun. Today is the 25 year anniversary of the Global System for Mobiles network, otherwise known as GSM or 2G.

On 27 April 1993, Telstra was the first telecommunications provider in Australia to launch GSM, which was the second generation of mobile technology after analog. At the time, just making a phone call on the move was a novelty and it took some time to convince the Australian public that digital technology was here to stay.

But 2G made the mobile phone accessible to the mass market and Australians embraced the new ‘digital’ world. With promises of more consistent and clearer voice, increased talk time and greater security from eavesdropping (a big selling point in the media and political landscape of the early 90s), the technology quickly gained popularity.

By 1995, our GSM network had 100,000 customers, in 1996 that had risen to 300,000 and at the beginning of 2003 there were over 5.4 million customers using the network1.

Our mobile network and telecommunications more broadly has come a long way since that launch. Technology evolved and customers moved onto our 3G and 4G services that offer faster speeds and experiences one could only have dreamed about in 1993.

We’re now preparing for the launch of 5G in 2019, which will see even faster speeds, ultra low latency, and connection IoT devices on a mass scale.

We closed our 2G service in December 2016. At that time, 2G accounted for less than 1 per cent of our mobile network traffic. From launch to closure, 2G helped Australians make more than 87 billion phone calls and send billions of text messages over the network.

1993:

  • At launch, 55 per cent of the population had 2G coverage, which included all mainland capitals except for Darwin. At that time 85 per cent of the population had 1G coverage
  • At launch, there were only 635,000 analogue mobile phones in Australia, with less than 4 per cent of people having one
  • By December 1993, there were 660 base stations around Australia
  • 2G could handle 20,000 simultaneous calls and connected 53 million calls a month

Today:

  • Telstra’s 3G and 4G coverage combined reaches 99.4 per cent of the population. It covers 2.5 million square kilometres of the Australian landmass, including hundreds of thousands of square kilometres of regional and rural Australia not served by any other carrier
  • There are more than 17 million mobile devices on Telstra’s mobile network
  • Telstra has more than 9,200 sites across the network around Australia
  • Telstra’s mobile network connects 460 million calls, sends 47 million text messages, and carries more than 45 petabytes of data each month
  • 1. AMTA: Ten years of GSM in Australia