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Departing Rose Bay and heading to Bondi, where Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone share a disguised tower atop a brand new apartment block just off the iconic Bondi Beach, Telstra technology specialist Anthony Spiclin explained that while Piper is focused on getting each site upgraded, it is his role to ensure that the site fits into the rest of the network and performs well.
This requires a fair amount of negotiations between the two sections of Telstra, because while Spiclin might have an ideal location for a tower to be built, the cost to build, or obtaining permission to build, in such a location might be out of Telstra's reach.
"We need to have a think about how far we want these to go. So we have a coverage objective and a capacity objective for a particular site, and then we've got to also think about where the other sites are," he said.
"We have to make sure these sites all work together and mesh in, and don't do too much work. We try to balance off how much traffic they carry, how many people are connected to those sites. We've got the local design issues on this site, and then we've got to think how we interact with all the other sites around it."