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6 reasons you need your phone on holiday, and one reason you don’t

Networks

Posted on November 29, 2017

4 min read

These days it’s not uncommon for people to take their mobile with them when they head off on holiday. In fact, 83% of us won’t head off on holiday without it. So what do you do when you’ve got oodles of spare time and the internet at your fingertips?

  1. Show off your photography skills

Take the perfect photo, looking out over the ocean towards a brilliant red sunset with birds dotted across the horizon, and share it across your channels. Bonus points if you get some boats in there as well.

Show off your photography skills

  1. Take a break from your partner

Let’s face it, when you go away with your significant other, you’re going to be spending a lot of time together. Sometimes that’s great. Sometimes you need a break. There’s heaps of apps to keep you entertained – check out imgur, NRL/AFL and of course Netflix.

Take a break from your partner

  1. Make your friends jealous

Did you know 56 per cent of us suffer from holiday FOMO? What better opportunity is there to flaunt your wealth and health than sharing a photo of yourself paddle-boarding at one of Australia’s glorious beaches?

Make your friends jealous

  1. Stay in touch

It’s always good to let friends and family know that you’ve arrived safe and well, but what about your fur-children? They love a facetime as much as your parents. Try it.

Stay in touch

  1. Find out where to go

Let’s face it, we’re a nation of travellers. It’s almost certain that no matter where you are, someone you know will have already been there. So, if you find yourself at a loose end, put the call out to your networks and find those hidden gems.

Find out where to go

  1. Kill time

We may have a reputation for long, sun-filled days but we all know that’s not always the case. Sometimes, the rain comes and you’re stuck inside. If board games are boring you, pull out the smart phone and engage in a friendly/competitive round of trivia.

Kill time

  1. Keep an eye on work

It’s so easy to pop online to check your emails and answer a few questions – we all like to feel that the office falls over when we’re not around. It’s time to let go of those trust issues and put your faith in your delegate. If this is you, leave the phone at home – you can’t be trusted.

Keep an eye on work

 

How are we keeping you connected?

Every year this growing reliance on devices leads to more and more demand for mobile services on beaches, national parks and camping spots around the country. We know how important it is for people to stay connected so this year we’ve given 125 popular holiday locations around Australia upgraded services or new coverage.

Over 30 holiday hotspots have had investment to improve 3G and 4G capacity, from Torquay in Victoria to Busselton in Western Australia to Hamilton Island in Queensland.

We’ve created 130,000 square kilometres of new mobile coverage as part of the Federal Government Mobile Black Spot Program, including new or improved coverage in more than 15 holiday destinations.

We’ve also upgraded more than 1,400 destinations across Australia to 4GX in 2017, including more than 82 in holiday hotspots

Here are some of the locations to receive upgrades in 2017

NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS
Capacity Batemans Bay, Byron Bay, Kiama, Merrimbula, Yamba Loch Sport, Inverloch, Venus Bay, Wilsons Prom, Portsea, Safety Beach, Sorrento, Queensclif, Ocean Grove, Torquay Mooloolaba, Cannonvale, Hamilton Island, Twin Waters Mandurah, Busselton, Dusnborough Blanchetown, Carrickalinga, Hahndorf, Moonta Bay, Pt Neill, South of Mannum, Yankalilla St Helens
Mobile Black Spot Program Towamba Buchan South Burnett Heads, Boreen point, Mount Alford, Bowenville, Dingo, Forrest Beach, Mount Fox Windy Harvour, Kalbarri Loop, Rosa Glen, Yallingup East Sisters Beach, Targa
4GX Coffs Harbour, Jervis Bay, Iluka, Gerroa, Gerrigong, Pambula, Kiama, Moruya, Sussex Inlet Sassafras, Mornington, Mount Martha, Point Wilson, Newhaven, St Andrew’s Beach, Tootgarook, Bass, Coronet Bay, Cap Schanck, Lakes Entrance, Mt Eliza, Hastings Green Island, Trinity Beach, Victoria Point, Airlie Beach, Mandalay, Peregian Beach, Eumundi, Marcus Beach, Point Lookout, Cooya Beach, Mossman, Mossman Gorge, Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Rocky Point, Eagle Heights, Miami, Upper Caboolture Margaret River, Safety Bay, Australind, Cottesloe, Scarborough, North Yunderup, South Yunderup, Rockingham, Shoalwater, Halls Head, Leschenault, Naturaliste, Dawesville, Falcon North Brighton, Maslin Beach, Pewsey Vale, Port Noarlunga, Seppeltsfield, Seacliff, West Beach, Cape Jervis, Port Elliot, Seaford, Wirrina Cove, Wynn Vale, Oakbank

 

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Dbots: The service delivery software of the future

Business and Enterprise

Posted on November 7, 2017

2 min read

In the fast-paced landscape enterprises operate in, there is little room or time for human error when it comes to network service delivery.

Knowing this, we at telkomtelstra, Telstra’s Indonesian joint venture, alongside Jawdat Technology, wanted to improve the network experience for enterprise customers through the use of digital technology. We relied on artificial intelligence (AI) to develop a service called Delivery Bots or ‘Dbots’. Dbots are a new approach to service delivery, using software to replicate human interaction within network devices.

It is the intricate technology behind Dbots that makes them so effective in improving network delivery services. The software Dbots use replicates human interaction within networks. This allows Dbots to manage processes such as device staging, testing and configuration, which are all automated. By employing AI technology, Dbots have reduced the occurrence of human error. This has made service delivery seamless, efficient and cost effective. In fact, Dbots have been found to reduce the time of Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) activation by 83 per cent. Overall efficiency has risen by 82 per cent for list of activities, and a further 82 per cent on time consuming per-device. Additionally, to support efficiency, Dbots have a large capacity of 2304 for device migration per 24-hour day.

Currently, Dbots are integrated in telkomtelstra’s cloud platform. Here, they automate service delivery for Manager Network Services (MNS) customers. By using cloud technology, Dbots boost enterprise productivity and efficiency. It does this through the automated approach, which reduces complexity and project resources while increasing delivery time. Dbots currently sit in borderless cloud, giving the technology the potential to serve companies not just in Indonesia, but all over the world.

Dbot technologies improvement to service delivery for enterprise customers has not been unnoticed and we are extremely proud of this. Telkomtelstra was recently awarded the Best Innovation Award for our delivery robots at the Asia Communication Award. The Award recognised Dbots for their revolutionary approach to managed network services and impact improving business efficiency.

We believe this is only just a starting point for us, and look forward to more innovative technologies to serve our customers better. Who knows, in the future, our communication with customers could be as simple as “beam me up” Telstra.

An APAC-first SD-WAN and virtual branch via Telstra Programmable Network

Business and Enterprise

Posted on October 26, 2017

3 min read

Technology is changing the world every day and organisations need a network that can keep up with it. A new kind of network to adapt quickly, learn to improve performance and evolve to suit business needs. A network that helps them deliver better experiences and seize opportunities as they arise.

In May, we brought to you our vision for this new kind of network. The Telstra Programmable Network is our solution for enterprise customers looking for a digital platform to support their future growth, whether that’s expansion into new markets or the creation of new products. With the constant challenge of digital disruption on a global scale, we want to ensure our customers are equipped with the very best networking architecture to prepare themselves for whatever comes next.

Today, we have expanded the capability of the Telstra Programmable Network for our customers. As part of our enterprise strategy, we are continuously looking at how we can deliver better experiences for our customers to help them adjust in a rapidly evolving technical world.  In our latest upgrade, we have partnered with VeloCloud to deliver an SD-WAN as a virtual solution to extend the branch for customers in Australia and globally. Businesses can now shift their branch network into the cloud, by deploying a single Juniper Networks Universal CPE device on site, and using a marketplace of Virtual Network Functions to deploy the required services – all through Telstra Programmable Network.

What does this mean for our customers?

We really looked at this release from a customer’s perspective with flexibility front of mind. In today’s world, businesses need solutions that are scalable, flexible and can support evolving changes, both within the organisation and outside of it. The addition of SD-WAN provides a more intelligent layer to flexibility of the Programmable Network, enabling customers to do more with their network as they digitally transform their business and scale and deploy additional applications when and where they need to. This capability helps businesses virtualise their physical hardware at each site and simplify network architectures while improving operations and application performance for users and customers.

Telstra bringing network innovation to Australia and beyond

As Australia’s largest telecommunications company, we are strongly positioned to provide an SD-WAN solution on a global scale. We are the only company in Australia and across APAC that can offer virtual branch networking, VeloCloud SD-WAN, and zero touch management – all in the cloud, powered through Telstra Programmable Network. This is part of our ongoing commitment to bring world-class network innovation to international markets.

As it evolves, our Programmable Network will provide a growing range of network, managed service, security, cloud and application services that can be ordered and managed via a portal with a single unified view, or by a customer systems interfaced via APIs. The range of services will be extensive and include services delivered from our platforms, plus complimentary third party infrastructure.

 

Tags: Network, SD-WAN,

Drone pilot gets his wings in Tasmanian telecommunications first

Network

Posted on October 19, 2017

2 min read

Last week Richard Ord underwent training to become a Telstra drone pilot technician, a Tasmanian telecommunication first.

Following a successful trial in Queensland and New South Wales, drones will now be used in Tasmania to better assess the suitability of new sites for infrastructure, improve safety for local employees and improve repair times in the event of extreme weather or natural disasters.

The use of drone technology brings a lot of benefits to the local community and to Telstra customers – providing safer working conditions and reducing network down time.

Previously technicians had to climb towers or bring in cherry pickers which takes time, particularly in regional areas where land may be uneven or muddy.

Every picture tells a story and it’s only when you see footage taken from a drone at the top of a mobile tower that you start to understand how high up technicians are working to ensure Telstra infrastructure is working.

Drones now mean this work can be done more safely and easily and, in the event new parts and equipment need to be ordered, this can be done immediately from the ground.

As technology evolves, its changing the way we all work and connect with friends and family. We know it’s important to stay in touch and our drone pilots can now get out and check Telstra towers safely and quickly.

This is particularly important after disasters as people seek to check in on friends and family and confirm they are safe.

With 9,000 mobile network sites around Australia, delivering coverage spanning 2.4 million square kilometres, our mobile network is the largest in the country.

The maintenance of our network is key to ensuring customers get the best possible service available and using drones is revolutionising the way we inspect base stations.

Tags: Drones, Network,

Bringing IoT technology to one city at a time – smart car parks at Bunjil Place

Tech and Innovation IoT

Posted on October 16, 2017

2 min read

As the City of Casey’s vibrant new precinct, Bunjil Place is the creative and community heart of the region, which is Victoria’s most populous municipality with a population of over 250,000.

Opening to the public in late October 2017, Bunjil Place will bring together an unprecedented mix of facilities and be the City of Casey’s premier cultural precinct where residents and visitors will attend outdoor events in the community plaza, enjoy live performances in the 800-seat theatre, explore exhibitions in the gallery or take some time out in the modern library.

To manage the one million expected visitors per year, Telstra has joined forces with Smart Parking to bring parking bay sensors to Bunjil Place. The solution includes 904 of Smart Parking’s vehicle detection sensors used to monitor parking space availability, including mobility bays which are displayed on variable message signs at the carpark entrance, with directions to get the driver there.

SmartSpot Gateways will connect to Telstra’s mobile network and act as the central communication unit that collects data from the sensors via wireless communication and transmits it to the SmartCloud parking services system. This helps the City to monitor park facilities and use resources more efficiently to allow the City to create an easier and more pleasant parking experience for visitors.

This is just another step forward as Telstra continues to bring IoT technology to communities across Australia. Telstra is now proud to bring IoT technology to Bunjil Place; the only facility of its kind serving a regional community and enabling them to connect better with arts and cultural activities.

For further information on Bunjil Place visit Bunjil Place website.

Tags: IoT, Network,