Telstra To Deploy 135 4G Small Cell Base Stations
Telstra will deploy 135 4G small cell base stations to communities across Australia as part of the federal government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme.
Round one of the program is delivering 499 new and upgraded mobile base stations across the country, with Telstra stating that the small cell sites, funded solely by the telco, are in addition to 429 communities that will receive expanded Telstra 3G and 4G coverage under round one.
“The growing use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets is changing the way we live,” Telstra group managing director, networks, Mike Wright commented. “The introduction of fast 4G data services via a small cell in these locations will mean residents will be able to access social media and video on the go for the first time, as well as increased opportunities for local businesses.”
Wright noted that “it also opens a digital door to emerging technologies such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE)”, in due course allowing customers to make voice calls using 4G.
“When we made our bid under round one, our core objective was to maximise new coverage to regional communities, which is why we made this additional pledge to further expand mobile data services at our own expense,” he commented.
“We worked closely with the federal government to identify the communities who were eligible for this small cell technology, and we are proud to be part of this important initiative which will connect so many more regional communities.”
Telstra advises that small cells are miniature versions of standard base stations traditionally used to boost coverage and capacity in densely populated urban areas.
“Telstra has reworked the technology and will use small cells to deliver 4G data services to a selected area in small towns and communities,” Telstra states.
“At this stage, the small cell technology can provide data services only; however, we are working on implementing Voice over LTE technology, which will in due course allow customers to make voice calls using 4G.”