Telstra's racecourse small-cell rollout: photos

Telstra's racecourse small-cell rollout: photos

Summary: Telstra has rolled out Alcatel-Lucent small-cell technology at Flemington Racecourse to provide up to 80 percent extra capacity for VIP punters attending Derby Day, Oaks Day, and the Melbourne Cup.

TOPICS: Telcos, Telstra

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    The cells are installed in the "Birdcage" VIP area of the racecourse, and are spaced out every 10 metres. The technology by Alcatel-Lucent can support both 3G and long-term evolution (LTE) 4G services, and Alcatel-Lucent is conducting more than 20 trials of the technology across the globe. It has 39 commercial deployment agreements in place.

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    "The small-cell technology we have deployed in the Birdcage are mini base stations that complement the two dedicated wide-area base stations we have permanently serving Flemington Racecourse," Telstra's executive director of networks Mike Wright said.

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    Telstra and Alcatel-Lucent estimated that the total capacity available in the Birdcage area will be effectively doubled for the duration of the trial.

    "Spaced approximately every 10 metres across the venue, we're getting closer to our customers to carry their data. Small cells such as these should provide an effective boost to the network," Wright said.

Topics: Telcos, Telstra


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