Do you feel like you’re taking a punt on phone and mobile Internet services every time you go to some major event with squillions of people?
Until pCells from Steve Perlman’s Artemis Networks become the norm, something Australia’s telcos are mysteriously and suspiciously silent on, punters have to bet upon each major telco improving your odds by adding capacity to make your mobile experiences smoother.
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The favourite to win the Melbourne Cup’s top prize for best mobile, voice and SMS is of course perennial show pony, Telstra, with The Age reporting Telstra expecting not only 250,000 voice calls and 80,000 text messages, but 21 x 3G mobile cells, 17 x 4G cells, various microcells and some ‘in-building distributed antenna systems’.
Optus will come in second place, behind Telstra, in what won’t be a photo finish (as Telstra is, as usual, several lengths ahead of the pack), but it is expanding 3G and 4G capacity in the area.
Finally there’s Vodafone bringing up the back of the pack, with The Age reporting not only ‘in-building infrastructure’ switched on for the ‘first time’, but also a ‘cell on wheels’ mobile base station to boost coverage for Vodafone users.
So, if you’re betting that there will be better mobile coverage at the 2014 Melbourne Cup, it’s a solid bet, but whether the experience will truly end up better for punters is still going to be one heck of a punt.