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We’ve connected 500 black spot base stations and over 100 million calls


Posted on October 2, 2018

3 min read

We are proud to be working with the Federal Government to bring mobile connectivity to parts of rural and regional Australia for the first time.

In a significant milestone, we have now delivered 500 new mobile base stations under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP), which have carried more than 100 million calls.

Today I joined Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee, Rick Colless, the NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Resources and Western NSW, Lithgow Mayor Ray Thompson and representatives of Lithgow City Council, the Clarence and Dargan Rural Fire Service and the Zig Zag Railway, at Clarence, near Lithgow, in NSW for the opening of our 500th new MBSP base station.

Telstra and both the Federal and NSW Governments have contributed funding towards the Clarence base station.

Clarence is home to the iconic Zig Zag Railway and this new base station will provide 3G and 4G coverage to the area for the first time, opening up a new world of connectivity for the Clarence community and supporting the many tourists who will visit the Zig Zag Railway once it is reopens to the public.

Through the MBSP, we have now provided new or improved mobile coverage for more than 55,000 homes and businesses across 4200 kilometres of road and around 160,000 square kilometres of the country.

But what is even more telling about the importance of this investment is the way these communities, which now have mobile coverage for the first time, are using it.

Since we switched on our first base stations as part of this program in December 2015, there have now been in excess of 100 million calls made and more than 5,000 terabytes of data downloaded.

That’s the equivalent of our customers downloading more than a million HD movies or a billion songs.

Our work is not done yet.

We are building more than 650 new mobile base stations through the three rounds of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program – that’s more than triple the commitment of all other carriers combined and represents a total Telstra investment of $260 million.

In addition to more than 650 new mobile base stations, we are continuing to install Black Spot Small Cells – with around 200 installed to date – delivering high speed 4G data services in some small country towns where suitable Telstra infrastructure is available.

It is all part of our commitment to providing our customers with Australia’s largest and fastest* mobile network.
* based on national average combined 3G/4G mobile speeds.

IoT Podcast: Agriculture industry embracing Internet of Things

Business and Enterprise

Posted on September 12, 2018

3 min read

The Internet of Things (IoT) sits at the heart of a major technology-driven transformation in Australian agriculture that has huge implications across the whole $60 billion industry.

Subscribe to the Telstra Enterprise – Behind The Mic podcast now on iTunes, Omny or your favourite podcasting app.

With IoT, farmers can monitor and manage every tiny detail — from the moisture, nutrient and acidity contents of soil and individual plants to the presence of pests and local weather patterns to the health and wellbeing and minute-to-minute movements of cattle.

And as these elements become connected, farmers stand to gain huge insights from big data analytics that enable better decisions both on the farm and at every stage along the supply chain — a move that should ensure the agriculture industry can feed the world’s projected 8.6 billion people by 2030 and 9.8 billion by 2050.

Livestock monitoring and management

It can be a time-intensive task to manually track and monitor hundreds or thousands of farm animals such as cows or sheep, which are sometimes spread across vast areas, but a multitude of IoT technologies make light work of this.

GPS and RFID sensors attached to the animals, coupled with a drone or ground-based high-precision geo-mapping tools and sensors on water bores and troughs enable livestock management that simultaneously looks at the state of the herd as well as each individual animal — thereby negating the need for farmers to make constant trips to check on things in person.

Sensors can detect, for instance, when an animal is sick or about to give birth and alert the farmer via a text message or app notification. Predictive data analytics can even identify notable changes in an animal’s condition before they present any obvious symptoms.

Motion sensor data on cow movement revealed that the animals get restless at night when they are fertile. Farmers were able to use this information to increase the productivity of cows by around 20 percent.

Elsewhere, Australian startup Smart Paddock is using IoT to track and monitor animal-related health issues in cattle herds to identify animals that are sick (or especially healthy).

Around 450,000 cattle die prematurely in herds across Australia each year — amounting to around 7 percent of cows in the country, or more than $700 million in lost revenue. But this data helps to identify the causes of illness, and to reduce the spread of disease within a herd, so that those premature death numbers can head as close to zero as possible.

Data insights for today’s global markets

Agriculture has become a global business. Farmers no longer produce food and other goods only for the domestic market; they now export to China and the United States and other places all around the world.

And it’s technology like that developed by Smart Paddock, or by FKG Group’s Queensland-based innovation precinct for farming, that allows Australian produce to compete on the global stage — with fast, evidence-based decisions that have a significant impact both on short-term yields and long-term productivity.

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Our assistance package for drought affected Australian customers


Posted on August 2, 2018

1 min read

With parts of Australia impacted by significant drought, including 50 per cent of Queensland and NSW, we are making our natural disaster support arrangements available to all Telstra customers affected by drought across the country.

These support arrangements include working with customers in financial hardship to offer longer-term payment options or extensions, reviewing and removing any administrative fees (e.g. for late payment), and reviewing a customer’s mobile, fixed line and broadband plans to make sure they are affordable.

Affected residential customers are encouraged to contact us at any time on 13 22 00 and say ‘financial hardship’ (Monday to Friday, 8.00 am – 5.00 pm AEST) to discuss their situation. Small Business customers should contact us on 13 20 00 and Premier Business/Telstra Enterprise customers on 13 22 53.

Learn more online.

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Partnership with the Victorian Government to expand mobile coverage


Posted on July 18, 2018

2 min read

We invest more in providing mobile coverage around the country than any other carrier and our mobile network reaches 99.4% of the population.

Partnerships with government and local communities are often a good way to extend coverage even further, especially in areas where a purely commercial investment may not stack up.

That is why we are proud to be building more than 650 new base stations under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program and why we are very pleased to announce a new partnership today with the Victorian Government to build 17 new base stations across the state.

Under the new agreement, we have been awarded more than $7 million in government funding towards the new base stations.  We will match these funds, taking the investment to more the $14 million.  In addition, we have committed up to $1 million to be used for the deployment of small cells and Telstra Go Repeaters to be installed across the State’s emergency service operation centres and vehicles.

Among the 17 new bases stations are Benloch East in the Macedon Ranges, Annuello in the Mallee, Cobungra in the Alpine National Park and Buckland Valley near Mt Buffalo.  We will now commence the detailed planning and approvals process, with a view to connecting the sites by the end of December 2019.

450 base stations online, and fast approaching 500


Posted on July 5, 2018

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Telstra continues to lead the way in delivery of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, switching on our 450th base station, as well as our first location under the recently announced Priority Location round of the program.

Closer to Papua New Guinea than the Australian mainland, Erub/Darnley Island is the location of our 450th base station, bringing Telstra’s 3G and 4GX mobile coverage to this beautiful part of the world for the first time.

Erub/Darnley Island, in the Torres Strait, is approximately 180 kilometres from Cape York Peninsula, more than 2,000km from Brisbane and home to around 300 people.

The remoteness of the site made delivering coverage to the community equally challenging and rewarding. Crews and equipment had to be either flown in or arrive by boat, whilst battling monsoonal rain, but the state of the art connectivity that is now being delivered to the island is bringing many benefits.

As well as being able to make calls and access fast wireless data, this project importantly opens up digital doors to education, health and business opportunities to benefit some of Australia’s most remote communities.

First site switched on under Priority Location Round

In April 2018, the Federal Government announced the successful tender bids for the third round of the Mobile Black Spot Program, the Priority Locations Round, and we’re proud to announce we’ve now switched on the first location at East Lynne, in NSW.

This new base station will enhance Telstra’s 3G and 4GX coverage for people who live and work in the area. We know how important mobile coverage is for Australians, and we’re proud to have brought better mobile coverage to this community so quickly.

Telstra has won an additional 89 sites in the Priority Locations round of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, boosting the total number of Telstra locations across the three rounds of the program to more than 650 sites.