Telstra readies Australia for extreme data speeds with 4G LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation

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Telstra and Ericsson successfully demonstrated 300 Mbps downlink speeds for a data transfer across Telstra’s live network. The demonstration used Ericsson’s commercially released LTE Advanced software which aggregated 20 MHz bandwidth within the 1800 MHz band and 20 MHz bandwidth within the 2600 MHz band. The demonstration included downloading video content from while measuring download throughput.

Operators who want to offer a superior user experience need to build networks that provide both excellent voice and data coverage so that users can run all their favorite apps, including video, on smartphones and tablets.

LTE Advanced enables operators to deliver even higher performance mobile data transfer when customers need it. Operators will be able to provide subscribers throughout the network with twice the data speeds that they are receiving today by joining 20 MHz in one band to 20 MHz in another. In ideal conditions, with speeds of up to 300 Mbps, consumers will be able to download a large 800 MB file in approximately 21 seconds.

Telstra connects Australians to the biggest night of the year

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Telstra live YouTube stream of the 2013 Sydney New Year

Telstra live YouTube stream of the 2013 Sydney New Year

Telstra is again giving all Australians the opportunity to be part of the biggest celebration of the year by providing a live YouTube stream of the 2013 Sydney New Year’s Eve party from Sydney Harbour. The four hour interactive show will be hosted by Australian comedian Merrick Watts and feature a special one hour live performance by Empire of the Sun. It builds on the success of last year’s Telstra YouTube live stream which experienced more than 600,000 views.

Lead Singer of Empire Of The Sun, Emperor Steele, said Empire Of The Sun! NYE! Sydney Harbour… It was meant to be! There is no better way to bring in the New Year! We will give a performance that people will never forget!

Telstra Director Corporate Marketing, Inese Kingsmill, said Telstra was proud to be sponsoring City of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve event for the second year in a row and through Telstra’s technology, delivering experiences for those Australians at the event or tuning in around Australia and the world.

Telstra has also released a free interactive Sydney New Year’s Eve app allowing users on any network to send 50 free text messages to loved ones and send celebratory messages to the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the free app would also provide venue capacity updates and other transport and safety advice for people attending the event.

To download the 2013 Sydney New Year’s Eve app go to: Google Play or the App Store, and search Sydney New Year’s Eve. To watch Telstra’s 2013 Sydney New Year’s Eve YouTube Show live 8:30pm – 12:30am go to Telstra’s YouTube channel or channel 919 on your T-Box.

Telstra introduces advanced 4G hotspot, switches on 3000th 4G tower

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Telstra Wi-Fi 4G  battery powered mobile hotspot

Telstra Wi-Fi 4G battery powered mobile hotspot

Aussies on the go will be able to connect throughout the day with the launch next Tuesday of an advanced 4G hotspot that provides all-day endurance. The Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced is a battery-powered mobile hotspot that can operate continuously for up to 10 hours and share a 4G connection with up to ten devices at once making it possible to enjoy the performance benefits of 4G on existing Wi-Fi enabled tablets, laptops and smartphones. The launch comes as Telstra lights up its 3,000th 4G base station in Dalby Queensland today and confirms its 4G coverage is now available across an area four times greater than the 4G coverage of any other telco in Australia.

Key features and pricing for the Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced:

  • Allows customers to connect up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices to fast mobile internet.
  • A 2.4-inch colour screen displays information such as data usage, Wi-Fi name, signal strength, number of devices connected and battery level at a glance. The touch interface allows owners to read SMS notifications and change setting such as Wi-Fi range and band direct from the device without having to connect to a PC interface.
  • 4G Category 4 and 3G Dual Channel technology ensures owners are connected to the fastest speeds available in their area, across the Telstra Mobile Network.
  • Features dual-band Wi-Fi capable of providing Wi-Fi coverage on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.
  • Battery supports up to ten hours’ continuous use or 250 hours/10-days standby.

The Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced is available from Tuesday 12 November on a range of 24 month consumer and business plans.

For instance consumer customers can purchase it for $6 per month on a $50 Telstra Mobile Broadband Freedom Plan when they stay connected for 24 months, with 8GB of included data each month to use in Australia (min cost $1,344, data 0.61c/MB).

Business customers can purchase it for $6 per month on the $50 Telstra Mobile Broadband Business Plan when they stay connected for 24 months (min total cost $1,344, data 0.61c/MB) with 8GB of included data each month to use in Australia.

The Telstra Mobile Network offers 4G in all capital CBDs and associated airports, many surrounding suburban areas and in over 100 regional areas. You’ll automatically switch to our fastest available 3G in other coverage areas around Australia.

Telstra to Offer iPad Air on 1 November

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Telstra iPad Air

Telstra iPad Air

Telstra today announced it will offer iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular in on 1 November 2013 and iPad mini with Retina display with Wi-Fi + Cellular later in November. Telstra will offer these new iPads with a range of attractive data plans that will allow customers to connect to Australia’s largest mobile network. The iPad Air features a stunning 9.7-inch Retina display in a new thinner and lighter design. Precision-engineered to weigh just one pound, iPad Air is 20 percent thinner and 28 per cent lighter than the fourth generation iPad, and with a narrower bezel the borders of iPad Air are dramatically thinner—making content even more immersive. iPad mini with Retina display brings all the pixels from the 9.7-inch iPad to its 7.9-inch screen, delivering razor sharp text and detail in the same amazingly thin and light design.

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