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.

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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.

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    Telstra's Piper and Spiclin (pictured centre) work with a number of contractors from several different companies.

    Ericsson is the construction partner for this location, but is just one of four contractors that has been brought on to do the 4G site upgrades for Telstra, Piper said. About 50 percent of the upgrades are being completed by Telstra itself, and he said that he tries to keep teams working in one location across multiple sites, so that if there is an issue stalling one site, they can go work on the other site.

    "Normally when I allocate sites, I try to keep the guys in geographic areas as much as I can, so if they can't do something on one of the sites, they can move to another quite easily and you don't really cop terribly much downtime."

Topics: Telcos, 4G, Telstra

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