Broadband and mobility
Telstra's customer service boss Gordon Ballantyne has given an exclusive interview to Mitchell Bingemann of The Australian newspaper, ahead of Telstra's half-year results announcement in February.
He told The Australian that Telstra's 4G mobile network is nearing its millionth connected device.
One million. It was launched in September, 2011. The demand for fast mobile broadband speaks for itself. There's no public subsidy, no taxpayer risk - on the contrary, Telstra pays the taxpayer for the rights to use the radio frequencies that the network operates on.
Compare and contrast with the taxpayer funded NBN. According to The Australian's Mitchell Bingemann, "The most recently available statistics on NBN connections, valid to September 30 last year, showed just 52,014 premises had been passed and only 6358 had taken an active service on the NBN".
Telstra's 4G or Long Term Evolution mobile network can achieve download speeds of 300 megabits per second in lab conditions. In the field it's up to 10 times the data speed of a 3G network.
These actual numbers should send a shiver down every taxpayer's spine. $50 billion to build a network that nobody seems to want.
Telstra races to the magic million mark with super-fast 4G mobile network
- BY:MITCHELL BINGEMANN
- From:The Australian
- January 28, 2013 12:00AM
A DOUBLE demerit long weekend is probably not the best time to enthuse about speed, but as Telstra quickly closes in on the one millionth device to be connected to its super-fast 4G mobile network, the telco giant's customer service boss Gordon Ballantyne just can't help himself.
"We're getting close to the million mark," Ballantyne exclusively told The Australian ahead of the telco's half-year results in February.
Continue reading at The Australian.