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Samsung Galaxy S9 cracks 1.03Gbps speeds in real-world testing

Devices

Posted on March 20, 2018

2 min read

In an Australian first, we have recorded smartphone download speeds in excess of 1 Gigabit per second (1Gbps) on a commercial mobile network – using the new Samsung Galaxy S9+.

We’ve achieved the fastest download speeds of any commercial smartphone on any commercial network, with a brand new Samsung Galaxy S9+ cracking the 1Gbps mark repeatedly in our real-world tests in Sydney. One of the tests recorded a blistering 1.03Gbps. To put that in context, a new-release movie like Thor Ragnarok (of around 3.2GB download size) from Google Play Movies would take a mere 25 seconds to download at this speed.

The 1.03Gbps result recorded in our real-world test in Sydney
The 1.03Gbps result recorded in our real-world test in Sydney.

Our head of mobiles Kevin Teoh said that as well as being an Australian first, this is an important milestone for our mobile network: “This is the first time in Australia that speeds in excess of 1Gbps have been demonstrated on a commercial network with a commercial smartphone”.

“While customers using this phone on Telstra’s 4GX service will typically see download speeds in the range of 5-300Mbps – tests like these show that, from time to time, Galaxy S9 owners may see significantly higher speeds in Telstra’s gigabit-enabled coverage areas.”

These download tests are an exciting benchmark for the quality of our network and of the latest smartphones running on it, but they also demonstrate that these innovations enable a new set of high-tech features in the devices we carry around in our pockets.

Kevin Teoh explains further: “Cracking the magic gigabit mark on smartphones is an exciting milestone. As smartphones evolve and we move into the 5G era there will be a new raft of sophisticated features that are enabled by reliably fast data speeds.

Samsung Galaxy S9 cracks 1.03Gbps speeds in real-world testing

“High-quality augmented reality, virtual personal assistants that anticipate needs and virtual doctors that monitor vital signs are just some of the technologies that are on the horizon.”

Telstra’s gigabit-enabled coverage is available in the Sydney and Melbourne CBDs (3km radius), Brisbane Adelaide CBDs (2.0 km radius) and a number of sites in selected high traffic locations. Gigabit LTE deployment is also underway in the Perth CBD. Typical customer speeds will be less.

For Cat 16 or Cat 18 devices, typical speeds are in the range of 5 to 300 Mbps in 4GX coverage areas, with the upper end of that range more often experienced in the gigabit-enabled areas noted.

You can buy the Samsung Galaxy S9 here.

Tags: 4g, networks, Samsung,

We’re trialing small cells on Tasmania’s power poles to fix mobile black spots

Network

Posted on March 20, 2018

2 min read

Telstra Small Cells on TasNetworks infrastructure

We have announced we will trial the installation of small cell mobile technology on TasNetworks‘ electricity distribution infrastructure to help fill some of Tasmania’s mobile black spots.

The small cells trial will begin with a single site in the Weldborough area, where a small cell installed on TasNetworks infrastructure will provide new mobile voice and broadband coverage.

With the construction of a standard mobile base station typically costing several hundreds of thousands of dollars, small cells may allow us to deliver mobile coverage and capacity to smaller communities and areas where the construction of a mobile base station would otherwise be uneconomical.

The trial will test the feasibility of using existing TasNetwork power poles to improve mobile coverage in parts of Tasmania.

Announcing the trial in Tasmania last week, CEO Andy Penn said we’re “at the forefront of delivering world class mobile services to Tasmanians, and we’re determined to continue to lead as the development and introduction of 5G technology commences by 2020.”

In FY18, we’ll invest $14.5 million on 45 projects across Tasmania to improve and maintain mobile coverage through capacity and speed upgrades to existing base stations, new small cells for 4G coverage, as well as our contribution to the Mobile Black Spot Program.

From supporting sales workforces in the field to small art galleries being able to take credit card payments for the first time, mobile connectivity is becoming more and more vital to small business growth and stability.

This investment is just one of the ways we’re improving mobile and fixed line coverage for residents, businesses and visitors in Tasmania.

The year ahead for regional investment

Regional Network

Posted on February 8, 2018

3 min read

With hundreds of new base stations, small cells and site upgrades built over the last 6 months or scheduled around the country during the next 6 months, this financial year (FY18) is shaping up as a big year for expanding mobile coverage for regional Australia.

Whenever we meet our customers who live, holiday or work in regional Australia, whether we’re serving them at a regional store or chatting at a community event, the one thing they all share with us is the importance of mobile coverage. Coverage that means they can connect to each other, to businesses, to emergency services.

This isn’t an emerging theme, and we have been building a network that supports the connectivity needs of our regional customers for decades.

Over the previous three financial years alone, Telstra has invested $2.2 billion in its regional mobile network so more Australians can experience a connected world that supports their way of life.

Our mobile network coverage is hundreds of thousands of square kilometres larger than any other provider in Australia – that’s equivalent to the landmass of the United Kingdom and France combined.

And we’re continuing that large-scale investment across the country. To name just a few locations, we are investing $39 million in northern Queensland, $20 million in Gippsland in Victoria and $75 million in central and southern Western Australia this financial year to increase coverage and enhance our mobile network for regional communities.

This includes our contributions to the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spots Program, where we are delivering more than 500 new 3G/4G mobile base stations in regional Australia. Late last month, we announced we had turned on the 300th site as part of this program.

The 300th blackspot base station site was in Wellington Mill, located in the fruit growing Ferguson River Valley in Western Australia, where the importance of connectivity to farmers to run their businesses more efficiently and sustainably.

From farmers using mobile coverage to connect to agricultural apps that let them remotely monitor the moisture levels of the soil and the health of livestock, to a local leather trading store and museum that can now take credit card payments, business is better when it’s connected.

And we’re now using drones to safely inspect mobile infrastructure shortly after disasters, where previously we had to wait until it was safe to access and climb affected towers to check on our equipment manually.

Since mid-December 2017 we’ve built and connected 20 new base stations under the Mobile Black Spot program, providing new or improved coverage for those living or travelling around the following locations:

Victoria New South Wales Queensland WA NT, SA, Tas
 

· Ancona

· Archerton

· Bethanga

 

· Paterson

· Old Wagga Road Sth

 

· Mena Creek

· Belli Park

· Maleny-Kenilworth Road (Conondale to Kenilworth)

· Goomburra

· The Summit

· Pomona Kin Kin Road

 

· Bally Bally

· Manmanning

· Aldersyde

· Darradup

· Bullfinch

· Pantapin

· Wellington Mill

 

· Loyetea, TAS

· Pata, SA

From Victoria’s Yarra Valley, to NSW’s Riverina, to remote aboriginal settlements in South Australia, thousands of people are now benefiting from our state-of-the-art 4GX mobile data and 3G services for the first time.

Meet the 5G smart drones that could save your life

Network

Posted on February 7, 2018

3 min read

As we move closer to launching 5G, take a look at why the next generation of mobile technology will be a critical element powering new innovations to save lives on Australian beaches.

The family trip to the beach is an iconic tradition for many Australians – especially those who are lucky enough to live close (or close enough) to our famous coastlines. Beach safety is imprinted on many of us as children, the importance of respecting the ocean and following the directions of lifeguards.

However, there is always a level of risk when you choose to swim at the beach – and advanced technologies can play an important role in helping us manage this risk, to help keep as many people as safe as possible.

This week, we showed how the Telstra mobile network can be used to operate drones with object recognition capability that seeks to locate a missing person, using a familiar scenario – a missing teenager, swimming out of their depth and having difficulty returning to shore alone.

We are already seeing examples of drones being used by lifeguards to assist in rescue situations; our demonstration took this a significant step further by using AI-equipped drones that use video analytics to recognise people and objects automatically rather than this being done manually by a lifeguard.

Network connectivity is also the foundation for assisting drones to cooperate safely in the same airspace as rescue helicopters – a key advancement and crucial to show the roles drones play within an end-to-end rescue situation.

For this demonstration, 4G was used to create point to point video links from the drones back to the viewing area on the beach. With the advanced capability and scale offered by the incoming 5G technology, it will be possible for surf life saving organisations to execute these kinds of rescues at a much larger scale along the popular coastlines of Australia.

5G life-saving drone

4G makes it possible – and 5G will make it practical.

5G will deliver faster speeds and better experiences to mobile broadband and smartphone customers, but it will also be essential to underpin the expected increase in IoT connected devices over the next decade.

It will bring greater bandwidth, but also greater security and reliability with features designed for communications and control.

In the 5G-enabled future Telstra will be able to provide connectivity between all sorts of emergency and civilian vehicles whether they be on ground, sea or in the air. Our compute and analytics capability will be able to filter irrelevant information to deliver actionable intelligence to the people who manage life-saving incident responses.

We will also be able to provide communications networks to enable command and control of autonomous vehicles so that the low altitude airspace can be more safely managed for drones and the emerging aerial people carriers.

Drones are an important emerging technology, and will have many applications and impacts on our customers’ businesses and personal lives. In the CTO, our drones team are assessing how we can make Telstra’s networks and systems ready to assist and enable our customers to take advantage of this technology.

Read more about Telstra’s 5G leadership here.

Tags: 5g, Drones, networks,

Why my job as a Network Engineer is different every day

Telstra Careers Business and Enterprise

Posted on February 5, 2018

4 min read

As an implementation network engineer within Telstra’s Business Technology Services division, I work on the underlying network infrastructure for some of Australia’s largest companies. These networks form the primary platform on which all other technology services and applications are overlaid within an organisation.

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In a nutshell, my role involves taking network design drawings and turning these into practical implementation plans for our customers, which are later implemented onsite.

These plans may be for small changes that are needed on a regular basis or large-scale network transformation projects. The goal is to implement these plans in a way that is seamless so an organisation’s employees or customers are not impacted.

I’m also the conduit between Telstra and our customers; keeping their in-house technology teams informed of any changes that are material to the running of their organisation. There’s a common misperception that engineers aren’t people-facing, but one of the most important aspects of my role is interacting with our customers so I can understand their requirements.

Responding to the continuous evolution of networks means my role is incredibly varied. There’s no standard day, which is an aspect of my career that I enjoy the most.

It’s also a reason why I find Telstra’s flexible working culture so useful. Flexibility allows me to adjust my work pattern around customer engagements, as well as around my personal commitments. With All Roles Flex, Telstra is open to discussing flexibility in some form for all positions whenever role or work commitments allow.

I often structure my schedule to make more time for my partner and two kids. This can be as simple as starting mid-morning if I’ve had a late customer engagement the day before, or working from home to avoid a two hour commute to the city. This equates to an additional four hours in each day.

The freedom to adapt my working hours means I don’t need to choose between work and family in order to advance my career. The key to progression at Telstra, my one-up manager says, is diversity of experience and performance – which is about measuring outcomes, not how many hours you’re sitting behind a desk.

And in my role, I’m exposed to diverse experiences all the time. I’m often working with between two-to-three customers a week which means I’m continuously moving in and out of different environments. This allows me to learn quickly through exposure to best practice network architecture across a range of big businesses rather than simply working across just one network configuration.

I also like that the multi-dimensional nature of my role calls for an adaptable skillset. I wear many hats; from engineer, to stakeholder engagement manager and customer service. It’s through these different experiences that I have the opportunity to broaden my skillset.

Another element of my work is the confidentiality it requires. I can’t talk about a day’s work over the dinner table which can sometimes be frustrating if I’ve reached a big milestone, or am working through an implementation challenge. It’s critical for enterprise network architecture to remain proprietary in order to safeguard it.

Even so, I have always been interested in how technology can help businesses to meet their objectives. I find it helpful to remember this when I’m navigating the ins and outs of the role.

After coming to Telstra from a company with a narrower focus, it’s great to have the option to think bigger about the world of technology and, in doing so, broaden my career aspirations too.

See where a technology career at Telstra could take you.