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Telstra launches world’s fastest mobile broadband service

Telstra has heralded in a new era in real-time mobile communications, announcing the world’s fastest mobile broadband serviceThe Turbo 21 modem—today in Sydney.

Following the theme of world’s fastest, a number of Olympic athletes were present at the Telstra Experience Centre, including Grant Hackett, Libby Tricket and Eamon Sullivan.

The Telstra Turbo 21 modem operates at three times the speed of devices currently in the market, at 21 Mbps, breaking the Guinness World Record for the world’s fastest national mobile broadband network.

A collaboration between Telstra, Ericsson, Qualcomm and Sierra Wireless, the new modem will bring a true real-time broadband experience to customers, providing significant benefits in health care, education and business productivity, in addition to an enhanced consumer entertainment experience.

The super fast speeds will enable customers to download an MP3 song in just four seconds or a YouTube video in just six. Doctors will similarly be able to download a high-quality x-ray image in about 15 seconds.

Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo, who made the announcement overnight at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, believes the new 21 Mbps modem will be a great help for businesses in lifting productivity levels.

The Australian representative of the Guinness World Records, Chris Sheedy today declared Telstra’s achievement as “phenomenal and a real win for everyday Australians and Australian businesses.”

According to a recent report conducted by Concept Economics, the Next G™ Productivity Impacts Study, high-speed broadband is cutting costs for businesses by reducing the need for travel, saving time and generating new business.

Other benefits to small business include:

  • Access to high-quality web conferencing in real time as well as high-definition live video streaming from multiple locations.
  • Offers employees secure and seamless log-in to their office’s virtual private network from home or while travelling as the super-fast speeds enable quick access to shared folders, secured email accounts and business applications.
  • Ability to download large data files in seconds, meaning architects, builders or landscape gardeners can download high resolution blueprints, plans or presentations onsite in real time.

Consumers will also benefit, according to Telstra Consumer Executive Director Jenny Young, as they will be the “first in the world to experience true-real time mobile broadband… the new Turbo 21 modem gives customers access to news, movies, music and sport in real-time.”

The Turbo 21 modems will be available to some business customers on Telstra’s supercharged HSPA+ network, The Next G™ network from 23 February, with consumer and full business availability in the coming months.

For more information, or to register your interest in being one of the first to purchase the new Turbo 21 modem, go to www.bigpond.com/21mbps-expression-of-interest

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Jessica Stanic

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