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Women4Tech: 10 lessons from women leading with courage

Inspiration

Posted on March 9, 2018

2 min read

At the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I had the pleasure of attending Facebook’s Women Leading with Courage panel discussion.

It was inspiring to see such a group of talented, smart and authentic leaders in action – made even more striking in that it was probably the only panel at the week-long event with women getting to do all the talking.

Here are 10 points that resonated with me:

  1. Live your own identity – not somebody else’s vision of power or success or how you should do your job.
  2. Small acts of courage really matter, especially in the workplace. Call out unacceptable behaviour no matter who is involved.
  3. At a time of fear or indecision, call your biggest cheerleader and ask them for advice.
  4. Surround yourself, both at work and outside of work, with the people who make you feel good about yourself and the ‘disagreeable givers’ who keep you real.
  5. Have the courage to communicate your ambitions – it’s your life, your career. Don’t shy away from the conversations that are difficult and require courage but are crucial to success.
  6. Understand how your team members like to be recognised. Recognition and positive re-enforcement are important, but they aren’t always done well.
  7. Make your own teams fearless by being courageous and being a role model. By overcoming your fear, you will help them do the same.
  8. If you’re a parent, or are going to be one, create rules around how you do your job – and make sure you don’t sweat the small stuff.
  9. Find those men who will give you clear practical advice, who will open the door (figuratively!) and let you succeed and fail successfully.
  10. Don’t allow anyone to misrepresent your energy, passion and knowledge as being ‘assertive’ or ‘bossy’. These characteristics are what makes you strong and powerful.

A comment that really stuck with me was the role we can all play for those coming behind us. One panellist said that when she opened those (figurative) doors she was determined to keep them open to let more women flow through.

I’m proud to work in a company that allows me, and other women, to thrive. If you’d like to know more what Telstra is doing to support gender equality in the workplace, read our commitment to improving diversity.

5G, IoT, new phones and super-fast 4G: all the news from MWC 2018

Network IoT

Posted on March 1, 2018

3 min read

At the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the show floor is abuzz with news and demonstrations of 5G, and the latest developments in 4G and the Internet of Things. Here’s what we saw.

Like CES 2018 in January, MWC has been dominated by talk of 5G – the next generation of mobile technology that looks set to provide a massive boost in capacity and speed, as well as the ability for a variety of low-power Internet of Things devices to be connected simultaneously. The same use cases for connected cars and wearables are on show, demonstrating the huge potential for every part of our lives to be touched by technology.

We are investing heavily in our planning for 5G, continuing our stated goal of building the Networks for the Future for our customers. At our 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast, we will be completing a number of trials in 2018 to demonstrate the potential of 5G and establish the ways in which this new technology will transform the way we live and work.

The centrepiece of MWC has undoubtedly been the launch of our partner Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones, innovative dual-aperture cameras that switch between various lighting conditions with ease and take smartphone photography to the next level. You can pre-order the new Galaxy S9 right now before its release on March 16.

Plenty of other smartphones from other companies like Nokia and Alcatel were introduced, too. One interesting trend is that many smartphones are moving to a 18:9 screen ratio – a longer display that allows more information to be shown without expanding the width of the handset itself. What’s old is also new again, with Nokia also announcing the return of the iconic ‘Matrix phone’ at the show.

One major potential benefit of using 5G and our always-improving 4G service is for the Internet of Things – a new class of wireless devices with low-power and high-efficiency connection ability. Telstra’s technology partner Ericsson demonstrated an IoT use case for agriculture at its MWC booth, with a connected irrigation device reporting a wealth of data on sensor status and alerts; these high-tech applications will help farmers and our other customers better understand their businesses in the years to come.

We demonstrated record breaking 4G download speeds of 2Gbps at MWC together with our technology partners Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies. We also announced our plan to add this new speed capability to our mobile network in selected areas in the coming months.

While at MWC, we have also taken the opportunity to meet with media and our partners to discuss our advancement in LTE-Broadcast technology, which we will be introducing with the AFL Live Official app in time for round one, for our Samsung Galaxy S8 and S9 customers. The new technology allows for streaming of AFL games in the highest possible video and audio quality, no matter how many fans are watching at the same time and in the same location – enabling a seamless streaming experience.

Tags: 4g, 5g, IoT, lte-b, mwc,

Bringing lightning-fast 2Gbps speeds to 4G

Network

Posted on February 27, 2018

2 min read

Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry with over 100,000 visitors expected. So what better place to demonstrate record-breaking 2 Gbps speeds to the industry?

Together with our partners, we will demonstrate this technology breakthrough to many thousands of MWC attendees, international media, and exhibitors.

This time last year, Telstra launched the world’s first gigabit-capable 4G network. Since then we have deployed the gigabit capability in CBDs and other high traffic locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide1.

12 months later, we’ve doubled these speeds, paving the way for increased capability and performance on 4G today and accelerating the journey towards 5G. As this new 2 Gbps capability is commercialised we plan to add it to our network in selected areas over the coming months.

This world first-speed demonstration is another example of Telstra’s commitment to continue to deliver Australia’s largest and fastest mobile network2. To take advantage of these incredible new network speeds, we are planning to launch new mobile devices later in the year that we expect will be the fastest available anywhere in the world.

So while 5G is not that far away, Australian consumers and business don’t need to wait to experience superfast mobile speeds. We are deploying the best technology available in the world today to support the ever-growing demand for data and speed from our customers.

[1] Source: Typical customer speeds are in the range of 5Mbps to 300 Mbps with compatible devices
[2] Source: Based on national average combined 3G/4G mobile speeds

Tags: 4g, 5g, mwc,

MWC 2018: Our first look at the Samsung Galaxy S9

Devices

Posted on February 26, 2018

4 min read

The brand new Samsung Galaxy S9 was announced at Mobile World Congress 2018 overnight, and we’ve got all the news about the full Galaxy S9 range of handsets and accessories which will be coming to our stores on March 16.

In the ninth iteration of its leading Galaxy S line, Samsung has focused in closely on camera technology, the value of entertainment, and powerful 4G connectivity. In 2018, Samsung says it has built its new smartphone around the camera – and with more than 1.2 trillion photos snapped around the world in 2017, Samsung’s focus on camera tech is clearly justified.

The Samsung Galaxy S9‘s camera takes smartphone photography to the next level. With a powerful dual-lens setup on the Galaxy S9+, Samsung’s new phone can shoot in both wide-angle and telephoto, and the standout feature is the Galaxy S9’s new, fast f/1.5 to f/2.4 variable aperture lens – which gives you great low-light capability and a high-detail option for bright daylight. Regardless of which size you buy, the Galaxy S9 range offers amazing ability in low-light photography.

It’s not just for capturing beautiful photos, though. The Galaxy S9 range comes with an advanced camera which can capture your 3D likeness for use in creating animated emojis which you can share with friends and family on almost the full range of messaging or social apps.

If you’re feeling creative, you can use the Galaxy S9’s new super slow motion video feature, which captures up to 960 frames per second allowing you to play back incredible scenes smoothly – imagine a balloon bursting, and then imagine that scene unfolding in slow motion in front of you. Previously the domain of expensive pro-level camera studio equipment, this functionality now lives in your pocket with the Galaxy S9 and S9+. The feature is also super-easy to use, allowing the most casual of photographers to capture high-quality slow motion content. The best thing is that Galaxy S9 can save these slow-motion videos as small GIFs ready for sharing on social media, as well as high-resolution video formats for use elsewhere.

As you might imagine, the Galaxy S9 can generate a huge amount of content, but what’s the value of that if you can’t share it easily with everyone that matters to you? The Galaxy S9 is Samsung’s first handset to feature its new high-speed LTE Category 18 modem, theoretically capable of facilitating download speeds of up to 1.2 gigabits per second – that’s lightning quick. While customers are unlikely to see such speeds in the real world just yet, Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners will be able to stream, surf and share at super speeds on Telstra’s advanced 4G service.

Expect Galaxy S9 to make full use of Telstra’s layers advanced network features, too. Samsung’s smartphones support Telstra Wi-Fi calling which means you can make basic voice calls over a supported fixed broadband Wi-Fi connection when you are leaving 4G coverage.

These days, many of us spend more time-consuming content on our mobiles than we do on our TVs, and the Galaxy S9 has some great features in this area too. From its stunning 18.5:9 Infinity Display, which makes watching videos and gaming beautiful, to built-in stereo speakers tuned by AKG and featuring Dolby Atmos, the Galaxy S9 is as much about viewing and enjoying content as it is capturing it. Better yet, there’s no need to interrupt your video viewing to respond to messages. Galaxy S9’s Active Edge display lets you view and reply to messages without having to leave your movie session behind.

Business users are welcomed along for the ride too with Galaxy S9’s enhanced security features, including a hybrid facial recognition technology which combines facial recognition with iris recognition for a lightning quick, secure entry to your phone. Samsung’s secure Knox technology has been updated too, with plenty of remote monitoring features to make business IT managers’ lives easier.

Last year’s Galaxy S8 had a fingerprint sensor next to its camera module, which sometimes saw fingerprints landing on the rear camera. Samsung has listened to customer feedback, and the Galaxy S9 moves the fingerprint sensor to a more natural position underneath the camera which should make it easier to use and prevent fingerprints on the lens.

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 was announced to a packed-out audience – and with both 64GB and 256GB models on sale in Australia through Telstra soon, we understand you can’t wait to get your own. The good news is that pre-orders are open now, and you can receive your Galaxy S9 as soon as 16 March.

* The Telstra Mobile Network offers 4G in all capital CBDs and associated airports, most surrounding suburban areas and in over 600 regional towns. You’ll automatically switch to our fastest available 3G in other coverage areas around Australia. Check coverage at telstra.com/coverage.

MWC 2018: Kicking new goals with LTE-Broadcast this year

Network

Posted on February 26, 2018

4 min read

With the AFL Live Official app growing in popularity, LTE-Broadcast will ensure we make Australia’s best mobile network for streaming even better. At Mobile World Congress, we announced an app update to bring LTE-B tech to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S9 phones for AFL viewers.

In 2017 we saw unprecedented demand by sports-mad fans live streaming their favourite sporting games, with the audience subscribing to Telstra’s sporting apps increasing 346 per cent throughout the year to over 1.5 million users.

With more and more people tuning into more games live and unmetered in more places, the AFL Live Official app is now becoming one of the world’s leading examples of real-time sports consumption.

However, with this comes new challenges as the total demand for live sport starts to dominate the traffic on the mobile network. As this trend grows, we run the risk that live sport consumption will impact other users on the network as well as the quality of video streaming as more users have to share a limited amount of network capacity.

We need to find new ways to deliver the content so our customers can continue to have the best streaming experience, both at home and when out and about on their mobile devices.

This is where LTE-Broadcast (or LTE-B) comes in, and we’ve been working with technology partner Ericsson to bring this enhancement to our customers.

What is LTE-Broadcast?

Today when a large group of people in the one area want to watch the same content on their smartphones or tablets at once, individual content streams of data are sent to each individual device (i.e. one to one). With LTE-B, we can send that content via a single stream of data to many mobile users in the one area at once (i.e. one to many).

In this way, we can provide a better quality and more seamless video and audio experience for customers who are all trying to do the same thing at once, even when they are in high traffic areas like in a CBD location, shopping centres, and hospitals or actually at the match itself.

It is a pretty simple concept, but it has the potential to be a game changer for game watching, as it not only frees up network capacity to improve the experience for everyone using it, but it will enable Telstra and our partners to deliver richer video experiences.

It could even be extended to things like software and app updates, emergency alerts, real time traffic and road updates to autonomous cars, and even preloading the most popular new episodes of your favourite TV show ready to watch on the train trip to work.

Coming to the AFL Live Official App in 2018

We’ve been talking about LTE-B with device manufacturers and our technology partners around the world for some time and we have even been core to a world alliance of operators who are aligned with our thinking. We are very pleased to be announcing this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that we are turning on LTE-B functionality on the AFL Live Official app for Telstra customers with select Samsung devices for the 2018 AFL season.

Telstra customers with Samsung S8 and S9 devices can expect to receive the highest quality video and audio experience on the AFL Live Official app, regardless of how many subscribers are watching the game. This will mean these customers are among the first in the world with access to this new network technology, enabling a brilliant and improved seamless streaming experience.

Over the coming months, LTE-B functionality on the AFL Live Official app will be made available exclusively on the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, S9 and S9+, with more devices to follow throughout the year.

Tags: lte-b, mwc, sport,