Regulatory Hassles Slow 3G Access At Airports

We’ve reflected in the past on why 3G Internet connectivity is so poor at airports. Capital city airports are amongst the first locations getting access to Telstra’s new LTE network, so at the launch I figured it was worth asking if airports posed particular technical restrictions.

Picture by Michael Coghlan

Anthony Goonan, director of network and commercial planning for Telstra Operations, told us that there was nothing specific about airport locations that make them harder to service from a technical perspective (so no rules which restrict 3G range because of airport comms requirements). However, the complex processes involved in any kind of building or construction work do play a role, he said:

The main issue is just getting permission and access to make the changes, and the need to take the service offline while you do it. It’s just a logistics matter.

We’ll be doing some airport LTE testing later this week to see if the promise of improved coverage has been realised; I certainly hope so.

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