Telstra to launch new home Wi-Fi tech and Internet bundles


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.

Image credit: Telstra


  1. “Not only can you do a dump. You can watch crap at the same time”.
    And pay through the nose for it.

  2. I repeat they must stop scamming people with these scams their insecure AC wifi will speed boost their faulty copper. This is a scam and a complaint needs to go to the ACCC.

    AC wifi falls over after 2m. Wifi is noisy and faulty crap full stop. No amount of faulty junk specs is going to improve that. Top that with faulty unstable DSL NBN and you’ve got rubbish.

    Telstra hand out insecure “modem routers”. They fall over and have absolutely zero firewall features enabled when handed out. The firmwares are never updated. A massive security issue and just asking for trouble.

    BYO only and bridge to their crappy HFC modems.

    When I have the chance to buy in this crap housing climate with zero fibre internet area options. It will be fully ethernet connected. VOD streaming especially HD should be over ethernet not faulty noisy WIFI !

  3. Sophos Unified Threat Manager. You can Hybrid it now with WiFi and corporate level security.

  4. been using TG799vac Gateway Max telstra modem for years the current modem does have firewall protection and has been receiving firmware updates since connecting to Nbn on a telstra plan,

    Most of the Issue is the roll out the NBN not with your Modem any way,

    The actual steps in the NBN roll out is Check out existing exchanges, replace and upgrade in accordance to Liberal government agreement with NBN co, check lines, replace faulty lines, pits, up grade street box with FTTN Cabinets, replace copper between the exchange to the FTTN Cabinet with fibre as pre regional planning agreement. ( Preparation stage) Dig trenches, install new pits, fibre cabling or mix copper cabling, hook up to FTTN cabinet, hook up at exchange, test line configure servers at the exchanges for correct ports, DNS look up etc (Build phase).

    Handover stages to ISP providers, test components for Bandwidth allocation, Latency, packet losses etc, pre- switch test.

    Bandwidth requests from NBN co. or hiring stages for bandwidth, ports etc.

    Switch on Phase, hook up suburb to the correct FTTN cabinet by the ISP to the homes using mix technology from July 1st 2016, further testing to determine maximum load on line before fall over.

    Inform community they can now switch over to the internet (switch on phase) 12 months to 2 years depending on area for customers to switch over from old system to new.

    Tell end users ( Customers) if they have alarm system, fire alarm to contact the appropriate companies arrange tech for check alarm and fire alarm system is capable for NBN connection,

    After ISP Provider books in Field tech to visit home to check, rewire phone sockets, and re hook up fire alarms and alarms to the NBN system and then show customer the correct Modem hook up.

    Turn modem on check modem functionally and if necessary install modem software on computer, then Telstra field tech gives appropriate information to Telstra by phone and or tablet hook up,

    Back at the exchange the telstra switch to the correct port for the end user and their accounts is updated in Head office, update DHCP server account, details and if necessary push out the firmware to modem.

    interruptions for next few months as customer hook up to NBN and bandwidth allocation is adjusted as more customers switch over or discover their plans need up grading or downgraded or have discovered faults in their lines causing bandwidth to fluctuate as changes are made or line replace etc.

    6 to 12 months later or in some areas 2 years the old system gets disconnected dismantled and what can be reused and move to area where current NBN is years away.

    As regions grow in number of customers further adjusts to bandwidth or buying of more bandwidth from NBN Co.

    These are the main stages of the NBN.

    Then you have Planned maintenance replacing of exchange servers, components as they are faulting to if environment causes damage like violent storms.

    Surround Suburb build, hook up and switch off phases can also impact months down the track, to unexpected outages.

    Overall patient is tested by customers and my advice is do record your modem line speed every week to check the variations and at different time to get a overall picture of whats going on.

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