Telstra launches repeater to boost the signal for outback users

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Telstra has announced the launch of the ‘Telstra Go’ repeater – an intelligent antenna solution designed to improve mobile coverage or provide coverage in places in regional Australia where it’s unavailable.

Telstra says the device can help improve voice quality and data speeds for residential and business customers. The repeater is available in two variants: a stationary version designed for customers seeking a coverage solution in residential and commercial premises, and a portable version designed for customers that want to boost coverage in their car, truck or boat.

Richard Noonan, Telstra’s general manager for mobile devices, said the repeater was been developed with regional customers in mind, and is suitable for customers that travel between coverage areas or through areas of patchy coverage, or who work in offices or live in residences where indoor signal may be weaker or lacking.

Operating on Telstra’s 3G, 4G and 4GX technology, the device works by receiving mobile signals through an external antenna and then enhancing and re-transmitting this signal to a single indoor or in vehicle antenna to extend coverage where the customer requires service.

Telstra is touting the repeater as part of its ongoing commitment to improve coverage and services in regional and rural Australia, which includes its investmet in the federal government’s Mobile Black Spot Program. Telstra says it is building more than 650 new mobile base stations via the program, and has already delivered over half of these sites, representing a total investment of A$260 million.

Customers can buy the Telstra Go Repeater on a monthly repayment plan or purchase the device outright, at A$648 for the stationary version or A$720 for the portable version. The stationary version will require an external antenna at an additional cost and is recommended to be professionally installed by Telstra. Telstra says it doesn’t offer installation for the portable version and recommends that customers arrange installation by an auto-electrician if needed.

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