Telstra this month is launching a gigabit LTE (News - Alert) service. It relies on the Nighthawk M1 mobile router from NETGEAR.
People in Australia can buy this solution from Telstra online or in a store. It is being offered as a recommended retail price of $360 (AUD) upfront, or via a range of plans.
The Nighthawk M1 mobile router, the companies explain, will enable customers to do everything they now do at home on the go. This unit, which delivers 150Mbps upload speeds, can act as a media hub for streaming and playing multimedia entertainment.
It has an Ethernet port and two USB ports for media streaming from an external hard drive, microSD, or USB. It allows for up to 20 Wi-Fi devices on a single connection, supports Category 16 LTE Advanced, and enables 4x4 MIMO and 4-band carrier aggregation.
People can interact with the unit via the new NETGEAR Mobile app, meaning they don’t have to pull out the appliance to enjoy its connectivity. That app allows users to control Nighthawk M1 key functions, address Wi-Fi management of their connected devices, check their data use, manage parental controls, and deal with security and storage.
“For the past 15 years, Telstra (News - Alert) and NETGEAR have worked together to deliver the most innovative mobile broadband products for customers. With their focus on innovation and customer experience, we’re delighted that Telstra has again chosen to team with us for the initial launch of our Nighthawk M1 mobile router,” said Andrew Green, vice president of mobile network products at NETGEAR. “It offers the latest LTE and Wi-Fi technologies so you can take full advantage of ultrafast download speeds on the Telstra Mobile Network and securely share your internet connection to support media streaming, storage and so much more.”
Cisco’s Visual Networking Index says global IP video traffic accounted for 70 percent of all consumer internet traffic in 2015. And it forecasts it will be 82 percent of all consumer internet traffic by 2020. It also expects smartphone traffic to exceed PC traffic by 2020.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi