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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It seems like the days of actual internet outages are coming to an end. Telstra's new Gateway Frontier modem router will give you 4G wireless internet while you wait for your NBN or other wired connection to be installed, and in the case of a wired network outage it'll automatically switch over to its backup 4G to keep you connected.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australia's 4G networks are only getting faster. But it's the future beyond 4G that equally concerns Telstra, so it's playing an active role in ensuring that the next big leap forward in mobile networking is one that suits Australia and Telstra's Australian customers -- and it's spending money to do so.
This year, Telstra will let its customers make voice calls using their mobile numbers over their home Wi-Fi, seamlessly handing off voice calls from 4G to customers' in-home wireless networks when mobile coverage gets spotty. It's also working on its in-house-developed video calling service that will operate over 4G.
Telstra will upgrade its 4GX mobile network in capital cities around Australia to support the LTE Category 16 standard this year, and plans to release the world's first 4G mobile broadband hotspot capable of 1Gbps download speeds in partnership with Netgear. In tests it has already run in real-world settings, the telco has seen download speeds north of 800Mbps. Your 4G is going to get fast.
Telstra is ready to support the Internet of Things. That's what it's saying is the purpose behind adding support for the low-speed, energy-efficient Category 1 standard to its nationwide 4GX network, and it's also working to adopt the Category M and Narrow Band-IoT standards that could see 4G-connected devices scattered across your house and workplace with battery life of up to 10 years.
Yesterday afternoon, Telstra suffered a massive outage across its 3G and 4G networks which left thousands of people without mobile phone coverage. The telco has since issued an apology along with a promise of "free data" for all Telstra Mobile customers. Here are the details.
It used to be that Telstra data was silly expensive. The network has undoubtedly the best mobile coverage across the country, but you'd pay a significant premium for that privilege. As of today, that has all been turned on its head -- you'd be crazy not to jump on Telstra's $50 $40 BYO mobile phone plan, which includes a total of 7GB of 3G, 4G, and 4GX data.
Since it launched a year ago, Telstra's 4GX network has been getting a lot faster. First, Telstra switched on carrier aggregation, which tied two frequency bands together and tripled download speeds. Then, it upgraded its carrier aggregation to three frequency bands, and tripled those data speeds. Telstra's Wi-Fi 4G Advanced III is the first device that takes full advantage of the company's latest fastest Category 11 mobile data network, and it promises 600Mbps download speeds. Step aside, NBN. This is how you get the fastest 'net connection in Australia, right now.
Telstra is Australia's largest telco, and that means it can spend a bit of cash on keeping its 4GX mobile network world-class and super-fast. Alongside switching on Voice Over LTE, the new Wi-Fi mobile hotspot that Telstra calls the Wi-Fi 4GX Advanced III is capable of 600Mbps download speeds -- theoretically.
Hot on the heels of its 450Mbps Category 9 devices, Telstra is already rushing to outdo itself. The Aussie telco today revealed the world's first Category 11 mobile hotspot, offering blistering speeds of up to 600mbps. In a country where quality internet can often be hard to come by, these excessive speeds are coming to you thanks to the telco's previous investment in the superfast 4GX network.
As much as we might like to complain about our mobile internet coverage and the speed of our connections, Australia's mobile data networks are actually world class. Along with Korea and Sweden, Australia leads the way in the adoption and take-up of new super-fast 4G LTE-Advanced standards -- and the latest is Category 9, a fancy frequency-meshing network capable of 450Mbps downloads.