On the 20th of May, Telstra had announced that it will be focused on releasing a public Wi-Fi service that will be made available to anyone who is using a device that can be connected to a wireless network. The company had mentioned that although the Wi-Fi network will be available to anyone who can access a wireless network, Telstra’s customers; those who are using the home broadband connections will be able to access the network for free while mobile customers including Telstra ones, will be charged a fee. Here’s how, we believe, Telstra will be able to change the wireless connectivity landscape in Australia.
Since the company is busy in providing new bandwidth sharing modems across the entire continent, it will mean that every single public Wi-Fi user will be using a bandwidth-sharing modem that have been placed all across the regions which will allow the speeds to be delivered equally. What that means is that Telstra will be putting up approximately 8000 Wi-Fi hotspots in rural areas. So in other words, nearly the entire continent that has access to a public Wi-Fi network through their mobile device will be able to effortlessly use all internet based activities like send free texts as well as multimedia based texts and make calls as well as browsing free internet throughout the region. That sounds like a winning proposition for all users who use public Wi-Fi networks. Equal distribution of speeds with no bandwidth hogging option available will allow users to send and receive data at the same pace as any other person connected to that network.
Introducing a public Wi-Fi program to the Australian public will mean that people will no longer have to pay large amounts of bills for 4G LTE connectivity. Since majority of carriers provide a bandwidth limit to how much internet can be used in a single month, as there is a specific amount of internet that users can use per month. If they exceed the limit, then their internet connectivity is either severed or they are charged extra and in majority of the cases, the latter penalty is given. Therefore, the users who have access to public Wi-Fi will be able to browse the internet without worrying about bandwidth limitations. Even if Telstra decides to charge the users for using the public Wi-Fi, it will be done at a nominal fee because nearly the entire continent would be using it.
Apart from concocting the brilliant plan for coming up with the public Wi-Fi connectivity, Telstra is researching new forms of 4G connectivity; one that will allow the company to set up energy efficient equipment that will enable the company to avoid paying bulky overhead bills such as electricity. The new form of connectivity being researched by the company happens to be based on the 700 MHz spectrum – the higher the spectrum in terms of MHz, the less the interference caused by other networks which will result in higher speeds reached by the packet data connectivity. Telstra will be looking to deploy this form of 4G connectivity in the next 12 months, as the company believes that having access to internet will grant more opportunities in the country as well as the industry.
Telstra has not mentioned any plans in expanding to other countries. This is a wise decision on their part because they will have to gain significant amounts of popularity and niche before they can start branching out to other countries.
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