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 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.

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    Wright said that Telstra has limited the trial to the Birdcage while it is testing the technology.

    "As with any new technology, we want to assess how this new technology integrates into our network, and see what difference it makes to keep our customers connected."

Topics: Telcos, 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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