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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    In the case of Rose Bay Towers, there are a number of antennas stationed on the outside of the roof facing toward the affluent suburb of Bellevue Hill. There were a number of ways to go about an upgrade, but Piper said that because the building is on a busy street, the options were limited.

    "We use cherry pickers, cranes, depending on what it is. This one in particular, as you can see, you can't block off the street," he said. "It's [also] a block of units, so people don't want you working outside their window at night. We do some pretty different stuff."

    For this upgrade, Telstra opted to scale the building with a roper tasked with removing old antennas and replacing them with antennas for 3G and 4G. As veteran roper Graham suited up to climb over the roof and replace the antennas, he was quick to point out that he isn't a Rose Bay Towers resident.

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    Prior to the upgrade, the dining area underneath the immediate construction area, where residents in the retirement village gather for meals, was roped off to ensure that there was no risk of injury in the process of the upgrade.

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    The new antennas will be painted to match the colour of the building, which is one of the easier methods of blending the infrastructure into a site. Disguising a tower as a tree, as NBN Co has been known to do, is one of the more expensive options, Piper said. One of the most expensive camouflage jobs Telstra has done was making a base station on Cockatoo Island look like a water tower, according to Piper.

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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