Telstra rolls out ruggedised notebooks

Telstra is rolling out 3,500 new notebooks toughened to withstand extreme weather and ground conditions to field engineers nationwide, vendor Panasonic announced this morning.The ruggedised Toughbook CF-18 notebooks, used to log and track daily repairs and service requirements, are due to be fully deployed by the end of this month.

Telstra is rolling out 3,500 new notebooks toughened to withstand extreme weather and ground conditions to field engineers nationwide, vendor Panasonic announced this morning.

The ruggedised Toughbook CF-18 notebooks, used to log and track daily repairs and service requirements, are due to be fully deployed by the end of this month.

Panasonic claimed the rollout represented the largest ever installation of ruggedised notebooks in Australia's telecommunications industry. They will replace the existing pocket PC units used by the engineers.

"Telstra's analysis of technology solutions has shown that by investing in ruggedised hardware, we can expect a lower failure rate in the field, which results in a lower TCO in the long term through increased productivity and uptime," Alan Olden, head of metro service, Telstra, said.

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