Telstra launches 4G hotspot, switches on 3000th 4G tower

V&D Bureau
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Telstra has launched 4G LTE Mobile Wi-Fi device, allowing Australians in 4G coverage areas to enjoy high-speed mobile Internet on their Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, tablets and smartphones.

The Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced is a battery-powered mobile hotspot that can operate continuously for up to 10 hours or 250 hours/10-days standby, and share a 4G connection with up to ten.

It will allow customers to connect up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices to fast mobile internet.


"It has a 2.4-inch colour screen displays information such as data usage, Wi-Fi name, signal strength, number of devices connected and battery level at a glance. The touch interface allows owners to read SMS notifications and change setting such as Wi-Fi range and band direct from the device without having to connect to a PC interface," the company mentioned in its statement.

"4G Category 4 and 3G Dual Channel technology ensures owners are connected to the fastest speeds available in their area, across the Telstra Mobile Network," it said.

It has a dual-band Wi-Fi capable of providing Wi-Fi coverage on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.

The Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced is available from Tuesday 12 November on a range of 24 month consumer and business plans.


"For instance consumer customers can purchase it for $6 per month on a $50 Telstra Mobile Broadband Freedom Plan when they stay connected for 24 months, with 8GB of included data each month to use in Australia (min cost $1,344, data 0.61c/MB)," the company said in a statement.

"Business customers can purchase it for $6 per month on the $50 Telstra Mobile Broadband Business Plan when they stay connected for 24 months (min total cost $1,344, data 0.61c/MB) with 8GB of included data each month to use in Australia," it said.

"The launch comes as Telstra lights up its 3,000th 4G base station in Dalby Queensland today and confirms its 4G coverage is now available across an area four times greater than the 4G coverage of any other telco in Australia," the company claimed.


"The Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced was Telstra's most sophisticated mobile broadband product to date," said Andrew Volard, Telstra's Director of Devices.

"The Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced is also notable for being one of the world's first LTE Advanced-compatible products and it will operate in this mode in some locations where we have a lower 4G band in place for coverage or capacity. Experience with these initial LTE-A areas on our network will help us refine this technology ahead of its widespread deployment in the coming years," said Volard.

LTE-Advanced is one of the technologies Telstra is pioneering to help meet the nation's insatiable demand for 4G connectivity. It brings together spectrum bands to carry more data for customers.


Volard said Telstra was now just 500 base station upgrades shy of providing 4G coverage to 85 per cent of the Australian population.

"Telstra's 4G coverage expansion program is now running at full tilt and today we switched on our 3,000th 4G base station bringing fast download speeds and a more reliable mobile data experience to people in Dalby, regional Queensland,: said Volard.

"The milestone means Telstra now offers 4G coverage across an area four times greater than any other telco in Australia,: claimed Volard.

In addition, the company planning to rollout 3,500 4G base stations by Christmas.