Telstra's Go Repeater Boosts Mobile Coverage Wherever You Are

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Telstra has launched the Telstra Go Repeater. This is antenna solution the company says will improve mobile coverage or provide coverage in most places where it’s unavailable. With mobile black-spots and dead zones a constant hassle, particularly now that many people are abandoning landlines completely, this is a good step forward for those dependent on mobile coverage for their comms.

The tech was developed for regional customers but can improve voice quality and data speeds for pretty much everyone. The Telstra Go Repeater is available in two variants: a stationary version designed for customers for residential and commercial premises, and a portable version designed if you want to boost coverage in your car, truck or boat.

The Go Repeater works on Telstra’s 3G, 4G and 4GX technology by receiving mobile signals through an external antenna and then enhancing and re-transmitting this signal to an indoor or in-vehicle antenna so it can be used by 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.

The stationary version requires an external antenna at an additional cost, with Telstra recommending that they do the installation. Telstra does not offer installation for the portable version and it is recommended that customers arrange installation by an auto-electrician if required.

This complements the company's recent announcement of the expansion of their "small cells" program which aimed to fix coverage in blackspot by installing smaller cellular devices in busy coverage areas in cities were larger towers can't deliver a reliable signal and in rural areas.

The Telstra Go Repeater is available on a monthly repayment plan or purchase the device outright, at $648 for the stationary version or $720 for the portable version.


Comments

    Ha!
    Make the customers pay to build your infrastructure. Bunch of scum bags. That’s what we pay them for. Their infrastructure so we can use our mobile.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought using a repeater/booster in your home was illegal?
    Also, I looked up the price of this thing (around $1000 if you aren't a Telstra customer) and I can only call it extortionate!

    Last edited 01/05/18 11:49 am

      I don't think it was illegal - but it needed to be approved by a bunch of telecommunications regulators, etc to ensure its transmission didn't interfere with existing network, blast people with high levels of radio waves, etc.

        Not illegal, just needs to be registered by the seller with ACMA, and there are only a few re-sellers around (obviously the carriers being one).

        We use a lot of boosters at work for regional purposes, the interesting thing in this article is the portable ones, typically when your purchase a booster through a reseller you need to register the address where it will be used which goes back to ACMA (the idea being that if the carriers have issues with their own network in a given area, they can check with ACMA to see if there are boosters in the area that may be causing issues) - curious to know what the conditions are around them to that end.

        Worth getting some in to test though - the last round of 4G boosters were terrible compared with the previous 3G ones. I really liked the Optus Femtocell/PicoCell options but they never caught on.

        Still a high cost for home consumers, but assuming they work, they are real options for enterprise that need regional connectivity in places it just doesn't exist and sat services aren't an option.

        With the deployment of 5G we are going to see a lot more smaller towers to get the throughput, so in turn coverage should get a little better - but you still need devices that can take advantage of it.

        Certainly shall be talking to Telstra tomorrow for more details - website is pretty scant on them.

    How are they defining patchy for the purpose of this? I'm assuming I can't just go into the middle of the QLD or NT desert and expect it to work.

      It's about filling in areas where a larger antenna can get a signal but your phone can't. For example, my old house was sitting in a valley between two cell towers but you could only get signal from certain parts of the house. This device could with a well placed antenna get signal, boost it and redistribute it.

    I guess an expensive solution is at least a solution...Now to wait 2 years and pray it becomes a reasonable cost for me to justify paying for.

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