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Still simply the best: NRL is back for 2020


Posted on March 10, 2020

2 min read

30 years on, it’s back again – the iconic rugby league anthem that we all know and love will be centre stage for this year’s NRL Telstra Premiership, and the sport itself is set for another barnstorming season.

‘The Best’ became the anthem for NRL when it debuted and has inspired a new generation of fans and players, including some of Rugby League’s greatest talent. Since its launch in 1990, the clubs and the technology behind the game may have evolved, but the passion and excitement of Rugby League are as strong as it was 30 years ago.

Put simply, Rugby League in Australia is still simply the best.

2020 NRL - 2020 NRL 2020 Season Launch - Captains
Digital image by Gregg Porteous, NRL Photos

We’re proud to continue our long-running partnership with the NRL – this is our 19th year sponsoring the NRL Telstra Premiership, and each year we push to innovate and find new ways to bring one of Australia’s most loved sports to as many of its fans as possible.

It’s easier to stay up to date with each match, team and player through the NRL Official App on iOS and Android, with live scores, match previews and highlights, news, draw, the ladder and more. Eligible Telstra mobile customers also enjoy free access to the Live Pass (worth $99.99) with live game streaming, that’s data-free of every one of the 192 games in the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership regular season through Live Pass.

To keep up with the 2020 NRL season, we’re giving you more bang for your streaming buck with exclusive access to Kayo Basic for $15 a month (normally $25 a month) and Kayo Premium for $25 a month (normally $35 a month).

Kayo compliments our already existing streaming service Live Pass, giving eligible mobile customers access to matches from the upcoming NRL and AFL seasons, to Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League, and Suncorp Super Netball on mobile.

I’ll be belting out my best rendition of Tina Turner’s stadium-filling hit when the first game kicks off this Thursday, March 12 and the Eels go up against the Bulldogs at Bankwest Stadium. You can watch along from 8:05PM on Channel Nine free-to-air and on the Fox League channel on Foxtel.

Best of luck to all this year’s captains and their teams for a record-breaking season ahead!

Tags: NRL, sport,

Sport for good as codes kick off bushfire relief rounds

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Posted on February 28, 2020

3 min read

This fire season taught us that the spirit of community is stronger than ever in Australia. Nothing brings a community together like sport, which is why we’re buoyed by the upcoming rounds set to be played for bushfire charity relief in the NRL, AFL and Netball. Here’s how to get amongst the action and back local communities at the same time.


2019 NRL Round 20 - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Penrith Panthers, Bankwest Stadium, 2019-08-03. Digital image by Nathan Hopkins © NRL Photos
Digital image by Nathan Hopkins © NRL Photos

Ahead of the official season kick-off in two weeks, the Parramatta Eels and Penrith Panthers are set to clash in the name of bushfire relief.

It’s the EISS Super Sapphire Trial Tribute round, also known as the “Best of the West”, set to be played at the Bega Recreation Ground on February 29. The trial game was moved from Penrith to Bega to support the local community in the wake of the fires. The NRL is also providing free tickets to Sapphire Coast residents who have registered at a bushfire recovery centre since October.

Getting out to the ground throughout the weekend festivities is a treat for anyone who can, with a wide-ranging weekend of sport and entertainment. The three-day festival of footy will feature a number of games, as well as a free performance from Aussie ARIA winner, Amy Shark.

We’ve rolled out networking and broadcast gear for the game, so fans can have great connectivity on the day. Fans not able to get out to the game can watch the match through the NRL Live Pass, data-free for Telstra Mobile customers.


AFL 2019 Round 16 - Fremantle v West Coast
Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos

Of course, if you prefer your footy to be AFL-flavoured, there’s a charity round for you also.

The AFL is set to host an unprecedented State of Origin round to raise funds for disaster relief, alongside a $2.5 million donation made by the league.

The match played between Victoria and the All Stars will take part in the charity State of Origin at Marvel Stadium on Friday February 28.

Tickets are currently on sale, and Telstra mobile customers can watch the match live, fast and data-free through the AFL Live Pass.


Netball fans can also get in on the action thanks to its own bushfire charity match. The match will showcase the best Aussie Netball has to offer on March 1 when the Australian team will take on the All-Stars.

Super Netball’s pre-season is also working hard to raise money for bushfire recovery also, with funds set to go to the Red Cross bushfire appeal and other recovery projects.

Netball fans can get all the action from Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena live and data-free to their mobile using our Netball Live Pass.

We continue to support the communities and first-responders who are affected by the unprecedented bushfire season.

If you or someone you know has been affected by the bushfires, assistance can be sought from our Bushfire Assistance hub.

Tags: AFL, netball, NRL, sport,

More bang for your streaming sports buck in 2020


Posted on February 11, 2020

2 min read

2020 is set to be an incredible year for entertainment. From the biggest events in sport, through to prestige, cinema-quality TV. We want everyone to be able to stream the best content to their devices, which is why we’re making Kayo more accessible than ever.

From 11 February for the sports fans, Telstra customers will have exclusive access to Kayo Basic for just $15 per month (normally $25 per month), and Kayo Premium for $25 per month (normally $35 per month) for 12 months.

The price drop exclusive for our customers from 11 February represents the best deal in sports since the Lakers picked up LeBron.

Kayo is a service like no other in Australia, and gives our customers the best domestic and international sporting content across multiple devices at a truly compelling price point, even for the casual sports fan.

Whilst perfect for catching the score when out and about, Kayo takes sports streaming to another level offering multiple sports on multiple screens for up to three users at once. With features like SplitView, customers can watch up to four events at once so they don’t miss a minute, even when scheduling conflicts for those big games clash.

And with an unmatched line-up of the best in Australian and international sports set for 2020, Kayo allows fans to follow the action on the go on mobile, at home through streaming devices like the Telstra TV, or on a PC or tablet.

This offer comes just in time for the start of the NRL season on 12 March, and the start of the AFL season just a week later on 19 March. And as if that wasn’t enough sport for your buck, Kayo will also stream the upcoming F1 season (including the incredible Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne) and all the Super Rugby clashes. That’s on top of the NBA; the NCAA College Basketball season; the ICC and BBL cricket matches, and more football than your schedule has room for!

Kayo compliments our already existing streaming service, the Live Pass, giving eligible mobile customers access to matches from the upcoming NRL and AFL seasons, to Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League, and Suncorp Super Netball on mobile.

We can’t wait for more customers to get into Kayo for the best sport streaming in the game!

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Fab Four! AFLW returns with every game live, fast, and data-free


Posted on February 5, 2020

3 min read

Can the Blues go one better in 2020? Picture: Getty Images

In just three years, the AFL Women’s competition has gone from a fledgling debutant to an established member of the Australian sporting calendar, and on the eve of its fourth season, we reflect on what to look forward to this year with every game streamed live on the AFLW app and Telstra Live Pass.

More clubs, more rivalries

After the addition of North Melbourne and Geelong last year, the league has expanded to 14 teams in its fourth season with the inclusion of Richmond, St Kilda, Gold Coast and West Coast, and like the men’s traditional season opener, the Tigers will face last year’s beaten grand finalists Carlton.

More footy for fans

The 2020 season will feature eight regular-season rounds and three weeks of finals with the home and away season rising to nine rounds in 2021 before settling at 10 for 2022.

Footy doesn’t get any more accessible than this, with the majority of fixtures free to attend.

You can find the full fixture list here, or in the app.

Challenging the Crows

With two flags in three years – the 2019 Grand Final was won comprehensively by 45 points – the Crows are the benchmark team of the competition.

The perks of being the only AFLW team in the state means the Crows have had an impressive retainment rate, losing just five players to other sides dating back to the end of the 2017 season.

Melbourne and North Melbourne shape as contenders to challenge for Adelaide’s crown.

The Demons have welcomed back Daisy Pearce after missing last season to give birth to twins.

Across town, the Kangaroos have high hopes as well after being denied a finals berth in their debut season despite having the third-best record.

The best technology so you don’t miss a thing

Like the grassroots beginning of AFLW itself, our team built the womens.afl website from the ground up in collaboration with the AFL over a period of just 10 weeks, unveiling it last year. Our team at Telstra Media also built the Official AFLW Live App, which lets viewers tune in to live streaming matches and on-demand replays, team news, player information and more – live, fast, and data-free.

We’re extremely proud to have shared in the AFLW’s incredible journey over the last three years, and we’re excited to see where this season leads.

AFLW, State of Origin bushfire relief double-header

To raise funds for bushfire relief, the doubleheader, which will be played on Friday 28 February at Marvel Stadium, will kick off at 5:40pm with Melbourne’s AFLW match against Collingwood.

Following the AFLW, the State of Origin match between Victoria and the All Stars will begin at 7:50pm.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday 21 January at 12:00pm (AEDT) via ticketmaster.com.au. All proceeds from ticket sales and additional donations will go into a Community Relief Fund set up by the AFL.

Stream AFLW

Get free access to stream every match of the 2020 NAB AFL Women’s Competition live, fast and data-free in the AFLW Live Official App.

Plus, get:

  • Full match replays
  • Match Centre, including new team and player stats
  • All your AFLW league information in one place, including player stories, rules, directions to venues and more
  • All your club info in one place – social channels, learn the club song, become a member and more

Live streaming limited to 7” viewing size.

Tags: AFLW, sport, streaming,

The biggest download spikes of the year: by the numbers


Posted on December 24, 2019

3 min read

Break out the floss and hit ‘em with the dab: Fortnite absolutely dominated our network this year! We’ve taken a look at the numbers and found the top data spikes for 2019.

We break our network down into two categories: fixed and wireless, each with their own distinct data spikes throughout the year.

On our fixed network, Fortnite dominated! Four of the top 10 data spikes of the year coincided with big Fortnite updates, including the release of Chapter 2 and milestone patches.

Elsewhere in the top 10, streaming dominated the charts. The Australian premiere of The Mandalorian on newly minted streaming service Disney+; the Australia Day Weekend and the Cricket World Cup all made the top 10.

# Week Key Contributors[1]
1 14 October Fortnite 11 Chapter 2 Release
2 18 November Disney + Launch & Mandalorian Premiere (AU)
3 28 January Australia Day Weekend
4 08 April Easter Holidays
5 25 March Fortnite 8.1 Release
6 26 August Fortnite 10.2 Release
7 25 February Fortnite 8.0 Release
8 7 October Labour Day Weekend
9 10 June Cricket World Cup & Queens Birthday Holiday
10 30 September First weekend after sports season

Out and about on the mobile network, Halloween and big sporting events took over as people communicated with their friends and sent pictures and videos back-and-forth. The biggest data spike on mobile was the equivalent of approximately 1.3 million HD Movie Downloads or 850 million Instagram uploads.

# Week Key Contributors [1]
1 26 October   Halloween Weekend / Rugby World Cup / Cox Plate
2 23 November   Australia v Pakistan Cricket / Bushfire Crisis
3 29 November Black Friday Weekend 
4 21 September Prelim AFL – Collingwood vs GWS
5 28 September AFL Grand Final – Richmond vs GWS

While we predict that this year voice calls and Christmas messages (SMS, MMS & Telstra Messaging) will be similar in volume to last year (46 million and 44 million respectively). We expect that data volume will jump more than 50% year on year to around 3.5 Petabytes. That is equivalent to approximately 1.4 million downloads of Love Actually.

Coomera: the data capital of the nation

Take a short drive from Brisbane down toward Queensland’s Gold Coast and you’ll stumble upon the regional gem of Coomera. Flanked by picturesque golf courses and the quiet, lapping banks of the aptly named Coomera River, this town of just over 13,000 people boasts the biggest data usage in the nation for 2019!

Queensland’s state average for monthly data consumption is a little over 268GB per month, making it the second highest data consuming state in the nation behind the Northern Territory. Coomera eclipses the state average, consuming a whopping 445.8GB per month per household.

Must be big Fortnite players in Coomera, we guess?

Coomera narrowly edged out a variety of other suburbs for their whopping data usage, mainly in Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales:

State/Territory Suburb Usage per household (GB)

State-by-state, the Northern Territory came in first place as we mentioned with 290GB per month per household, followed by Queensland, Western Australia (251.4GB/month); Victoria (244.86GB/month); New South Wales (242.4GB/month); Tasmania (233GB/month); South Australia (228.11GB/month), and the Australian Capital Territory (222.2GB/month).

[1] Between 1 January 2019 and mid-December 2019. Events noted correlate with the traffic peaks but might not be the only or biggest cause of data spikes on these dates.