news Telstra is introducing new Wi-Fi technology that it says will take in-home broadband speeds and coverage to “new levels”.
From next month, the telco is launching a new version of its Gateway Max modem/router, the Gateway Max 2.
Stuart Bird, Telstra Executive Director Fixed Products and Services, said with video now making up almost two-thirds of the data carried over Telstra’s fixed network, the company is focusing on the in-home streaming experience.
“To keep customers streaming smoothly, we’re introducing new Wi-Fi technology, starting with the Telstra Gateway Max 2 which will provide faster streaming speeds and a stronger Wi-Fi signal in more areas of the home than any of our previous gateways,” Bird said.
Telstra also claimed it will be the first Australian telco to launch an all-in-one hybrid modem early in 2017, combining both fixed and mobile networks for a “more continuous” connection at home.
Bird said the Telstra Frontier Gateway will make waiting to have a fixed broadband service connected “a thing of the past” for the firm’s customers.
“We know waiting to have a fixed broadband service connected can be a hassle. Our upcoming Telstra Frontier modem will draw on the power of our national mobile network to get households up and running while a fixed service is activated,” he said.
For customers moving home, setting up a new broadband connection, or with a fixed broadband service that is unavailable, the Frontier Gateway is able to switch over to the mobile network to maintain a connection.
In other news, Telstra is launching new home Internet bundles that include trials for popular streaming video services.
Customers signing up for the new $90 Medium plan and above will receive a Telstra TV, as well as three month trials for Netflix, Stan and Presto, the firm said.
Customers signing up to a home Internet bundle will also receive free Wi-Fi data at Telstra’s 500,000-plus Telstra Air hotspots around Australia, and more than 20 million hotspots globally, until 27 March 2017.
Telstra said that the popularity of on-demand entertainment has reached new heights, with the home “at the heart of the streaming revolution”, according to new Telstra-commissioned research.
The research findings show people are regularly taking their TV viewing outside the living room, with 60% streaming from the bedroom, 20% from the kitchen, 17% from the garden and 12% from the bathroom.
More than half of streamers said they now access more on-demand content than broadcast TV, according to the findings.
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