Inside Telstra's super-fast 4G rollout

Inside Telstra's super-fast 4G rollout

Summary: Telstra's 4G upgrades are occurring in the unlikeliest of places. Even retirement homes.

TOPICS: Telcos, 4G, Telstra

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    The Bondi site had to have a special plastic cover placed over the tower in order to make it blend into the rest of the building. Spiclin said the plastic had been especially designed so that telcos could shape it and colour it as required, but still be able to get signal through it unhindered.

    For the Rose Bay site, he said, Telstra will examine how it interacts with the towers around it in North Bondi, Vaucluse, Bellevue Hill, and an exchange in Rose Bay.

    Once an antenna is installed, Spiclin said that Telstra can spend weeks or months fine tuning the antennas and the rest of the network to ensure optimal coverage. This can be done one of two ways: Either physically changing the position of the antenna at the site, or shifting it, using a device built into the antenna, that allows Telstra technicians to shift its position remotely.

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    Spiclin said that it usually isn't a case of fine tuning a single site. Instead, it is about making that site work with the rest of the network.

    "There's definitely fine tuning there. That normally happens at a larger scale with a cluster of sites. We fine tune a cluster, because it is a network of sites," he said.

    "With these sites, we'll be fine tuning them for weeks, or sometimes months, to get the best outcome."

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    Inside the Bondi base station, Telstra's legacy Ericsson 2G and 3G network gear sits across from the much smaller new long-term evolution (LTE) equipment. Telstra shares space in this site with Optus and Vodafone.

Topics: Telcos, 4G, Telstra


Armed with a degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Journalism, Josh keeps a close eye on the telecommunications industry, the National Broadband Network, and all the goings on in government IT.

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