Telstra Further Deploys 4G Small Cells to Tackle Mobile Black Spots

Telstra Further Deploys 4G Small Cells to Tackle Mobile Black Spots Image Credit: Ericsson

Even more Queenslanders living in mobile black spots will soon have access to high speed mobile broadband and voice calls, with a host of new locations selected to become home to Telstra's 4G small cell.

Telstra will now roll out 70 small cells in Queensland, with the State Government approving a further 39 locations across rural and regional town centres in the state.

In further good news, Telstra recently enabled Voice over LTE (VoLTE) on its small cells, allowing voice calls on compatible handsets while also providing high speed mobile data capabilities.

End of last year, Telstra partnered with Ericsson to deploy indoor and outdoor small cells in the Telstra's 4G LTE network, including the Ericsson Radio Dot System and Pico Cell RBS 6402. Adding small cells will help increase coverage and enhance user experience in Telstra's 4G LTE network, enabling Telstra to continue providing a high quality and reliable mobile broadband service to its customers.

Telstra Area General Manager May Boisen said the small cells would open digital doors in mobile black spots.

“From Babinda to Woorabinda, the introduction of fast 4G data services in these locations means people will have access to high speed mobile data for the first time, allowing them use a range of modern technologies, whether it’s fast internet browsing, video streaming, social media or a mobile office. 

“In many of these town centres, you currently can’t even make a voice call, so the recent enablement of VoLTE on our small cells is also an exciting addition.  

“Customers with compatible handsets and devices will not only be able to make calls in the region for the first time, they’ll be clearer and connected faster, all while continuing to use fast mobile internet.”

Through its own investment, Telstra is rolling out up to 250 small cells nationally under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, in addition to 577 mobile base stations being deployed in rural and regional areas – more than $486 million worth of co-investment in country Australia.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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