Small cells deliver Telstra's fast mobile network to even more regional Australians
Telstra customers in more than 130 rural and regional communities will benefit from fast 4G mobile coverage on Australia’s largest mobile network as part of Telstra’s $165 million commitment to regional Australia and the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme.
The Federal Government today announced 135 4G small cell base stations will be rolled out to communities across the nation, providing the latest in fast mobile data capabilities to even more rural and regional areas.
Telstra Group Managing Director, Networks, Mike Wright said rolling out the small cell technology was part of Telstra’s commitment to expand its 4G coverage to 99% of the Australian population by June 2017.
“As the carrier with the nation’s largest mobile footprint and the first to bring 4G mobile services to regional Australia, we know how important high-speed mobile can be to supporting local communities and businesses and we are excited to add another first to the list by delivering this innovative small cell technology to our nation’s regions,” Mr Wright said.
“The growing use of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets is changing the way we live. The introduction of fast 4G data services via a small cell in these locations will mean residents will be able to access social media and video on the go for the first time as well as increased opportunities for local businesses.
“It also opens a digital door to emerging technologies such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE), which will, in due course, allow customers to make voice calls using 4G.
Mr Wright said the 135 small cells sites, which are funded solely by Telstra, were in addition to 429 communities who will benefit from expanded Telstra 3G and 4G coverage under Round One of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme.
“When we made our bid under Round One, our core objective was to maximise new coverage to regional communities, which is why we made this additional pledge to further expand mobile data services at our own expense,” he said.
“We worked closely with the Federal Government to identify the communities who were eligible for this small cell technology and we are proud to be part of this important initiative which will connect so many more regional communities. We will also continue to work with the Government to identify further opportunities to deploy this innovative technology to more rural areas.
“Of the 429 3G/4G mobile base stations, we have already delivered new and improved mobile coverage to a number of communities across the nation in only a few months under Round One of the Programme and we look forward to rolling out coverage to even more Australians in the near future.”
About small cells
A small cell is a miniature version of a standard base station that is traditionally used to boost coverage and capacity in densely populated urban areas. Telstra has reworked the technology and will use small cells to deliver 4G data services to a selected area in small towns and communities.
At this stage, the small cell technology can provide data services only; however, we are working on implementing Voice over LTE technology which will in due course allow customers to make voice calls using 4G.
|Location to receive a small cell||State|
|Aurora Kakadu Hotel/Roadhouse||NT|
|Hay Creek Road-Stuart Highway||NT|
|Jilkminggan Community-Roper Highway||NT|
|Renner Springs-Stuart Highway||NT|
|Tipperary Station Road||NT|
|Binna Burra Resort||QLD|
|Innot Hot Springs||QLD|
|Palmer River Roadhouse||QLD|
|Cape Jaffa Anchorage||SA|