Tagged With 4g

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Shit home internet. We've all been there: dying ancient copper cables running garbage ADSL, congested HFC cable, flaky fibre-to-the-node NBN. You know what's better in a lot of ways? 4G. I love 4G. I want 4G to power my home.

I actually use 4G to light up the 'net in my home already, but until now I've been stuck with a complicated combo of battery-powered hotspot and Wi-Fi router. Accelerated's new 6350-SR router, though, is an all-in-one 4G and Wi-Fi modem/router that gives your entire home or business a strong and reliable 4G connection, either as your primary 'net or as a failover.

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Every man and his dog is launching NBN plans, but there's very little difference between one and the next. But the nation's existing telcos have a trick up their collective sleeves.

Vodafone is coming late to the NBN party behind Telstra and Optus, but it has a reason for taking its time. Vodafone is using its nationwide 4G network and a brand new Wi-Fi Hub modem that includes a 4G SIM for constant connectivity for every customer from the second they plug it in -- even if the NBN isn't switched on yet.

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As our airwaves get more and more packed with wireless signals, we have to find a way to make those signals travel more efficiently -- it's the only way to increase capacity and keep up with demand. One way to do that is to use novel technologies like LTE-Broadcast to deliver the same popular data stream to multiple devices. After years of testing, and trials, and procrastination, Telstra is switching on LTE-B around the country in 2018.

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A smartphone without a big whack of mobile data is like a sports car without petrol in the tank. Almost everything we do with our phones requires an internet connection, so there is no point cheaping out on a plan with puny data inclusions nowadays.

The good news is that data keeps getting cheaper. The rise in popularity (and sheer volume) of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) has put crushing pressure on the price we pay for each gigabyte, and if you're not regularly checking your options and switching then there is a good chance you are missing out. Here are the best deals.

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Video: Now this is the ultimate network reliability test. Vodafone rigged a $300,000-plus BMW M6 race car with three Samsung Galaxy S7 phones, blacked out the windscreen, and set up three Samsung tablets in front of the steering wheel to stream real-time video from the phones' cameras over its 4G network.

Then the team put racing legend and V8 Supercar champion Mark Skaife behind the steering wheel, stuck Vodafone Australia's CEO in the passenger seat, and unleashed the car at full speed around the Calder Park Thunderdome in Victoria.

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More and more people are using Australia's 4G mobile networks every day. You've noticed, too: when you're on the train to work, your phone takes ages to load a Web page or refresh Facebook or start a music stream, despite being in full reception. The same happened with 3G. But there's a solution: this is what telcos are doing to fix it.

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If you live or work somewhere with terrible mobile reception, you've already felt the pain of trying to make or receive a call and having it drop out or go straight to voicemail. Optus has finally switched on its solution to that problem, letting you make calls over whatever high-speed Wi-Fi network you're connected to -- at least if you're using one of Samsung's Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge phones.

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We don't really have in-flight wi-fi in Australia yet, although both Virgin and Qantas are working on it. It's far more common throughout Europe and the US, but a consortium of European companies is taking a different approach to the new network it's building: instead of satellites dozens of kilometres above the Earth bouncing signals from ground stations to planes and back, the European Aviation Network uses 4G LTE beamed directly upwards from mobile phone towers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.