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.