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D-Link's 4G Router Is For Houses That Can't Get ADSL Or The NBN

If you’re living in a house out in the sticks that doesn’t have fixed-line internet, or even a house in the city with a terrible ADSL connection — like me — then you have an alternative, provided your download quota requirements aren’t too high. D-Link’s DWR-921 is a router that you can plug a SIM into and have instant fast 4G access, as long as you’re happy to pay Telstra or Optus or Vodafone for mobile data.


Optus Is Fixing Its Mobile Black Spots In The NT

Optus owns and maintains the largest fleet of satellites across Australia, but at the same time the number-two telco can’t rival its larger competitor Telstra for mobile network coverage in rural and remote parts of Australia. It makes sense, then, for Optus to boost its coverage in black spots using a series of small cells — lower-powered portable radio nodes that are much easier to install than a full mobile tower — that connect to its satellite network. And that’s exactly what the company is doing.


Telstra's New Frontier Gateway Modem Includes A 4G SIM For Backup Internet

Anyone who’s ever signed up for a NBN connection or even a regular ADSL line knows how frustrating it is to wait for a tech appointment. But eventually, one day that might be a distant memory. Telstra has just announced plans to release a home modem router early next year that includes integrated 4G as well as a fixed-line connection — cutting what can sometimes be a painful wait for customers to get their home ‘net connected.


Here's Why Australia's Mobile Networks Rank Fourth Best In The World

Although many Aussies wouldn’t believe it if you told them, our country’s 3G and 4G mobile networks are regularly ranked among the best in the world. In actual fact, South Korea is the only country that consistently ranks ahead of Australia for overall mobile network speed and 3G or 4G availability, and our average download smartphone download speeds have cracked 25Mbps for the first time ever. OpenSignal’s sixth Global State of the Mobile Network report paints a glowing picture of Australia’s mobile telecommunications infrastructure.


Telstra Is Spending $3 Billion More On Building Its 4G And 5G Networks

As part of “a strategic commitment to ensure continued technological leadership” announced in its annual financial results today, Telstra is devoting the most money since it built its NextG 3G network in 2008 to further develop 4G and ready itself for 5G. $3 billion over the next three years will go towards network building and digitising its customer-facing service and sales setups.


Vaya Now Has Australia's Cheapest Unlimited Mobile Plan

If you send a lot of text messages and make a lot of calls to your buddies around Australia, then you definitely want a mobile phone plan with unlimited SMS and national calling. You don’t have to spend much money at all to make that happen, though — Vaya says it can do exactly that, plus a little bit of 4G data too, for just $16 a month.


Aussie Snow Visitors Are Using More Mobile Data Than Ever

If you’ve been to the snow in the last couple of years, you’ll have had some trouble getting online on your smartphone. Australia’s ski towns have been notoriously poorly served for high-speed mobile data, but that’s been changing: Telstra now says its customers use nearly two terabytes of 4G data per week at Victoria’s Mount Buller resort alone.


Lebara, Macquarie Telecom, Hello Mobile, Go Talk and Pivotel Prepaid Join Vodafone 4G

Over the next two weeks five more Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) — telcos who don’t own the network infrastructure — will join TPG Mobile and Kogan on the Vodafone 4G network.

Customers of Lebara, Macquarie Telecom, Hello Mobile, Go Talk and Pivotel Prepaid will be switched over to 4G by 6 July.


4G In Australia: Telstra Is Fastest, But Vodafone Wins On Availability

Wireless coverage mapping expert OpenSignal has released its first ever report on the state of mobile networks within Australia, and its findings are pretty interesting, if not completely surprising: Telstra currently offers the fastest possible download speeds on 4G, but that comes at the cost of slightly higher latency where Vodafone and Optus swing ahead. Vodafone also wins out on the availability of its 4G networks, with a slight advantage over both its competitors.


Here Is Nokia's Ultra-Compact 4G 'Network In A Backpack'

Nokia’s new Ultra Compact 4G network can provide voice, video and data services in emergency situations, remote locations and events within minutes, and act as a hotspot for public safety organisations, industries and operators.

Oh, and it can fit in a backpack.


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