Monday, 03 November 2014 20:57

Your best bet for Melbourne Cup mobile Internet: a telco trifecta

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The 2014 Melbourne Cup’s mobile Internet service is reported to be sorted, with Telstra, Optus and Vodafone increasing capacity in various way to keep the punters connected.

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.

NOTE: If you're not in front of a TV at home, the office, a pub, club or elsewhere, you can watch the Melbourne Cup live at 3.00pm AEST at Telstra's Racing Network site from your PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet here.

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’.

A Telstra spokesperson told Fairfax, whose report is definitely worth reading in full, that it had put up enough additional capacity “to run a small city”, with traffic expected to be a whopping 2.5 times higher than last year - impressive stuff.

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.

Happy betting!


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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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