Telstra is set to invest over $5 billion into their mobile network between now and June 2017.
It intends to expand its 4G footprint to 99% of the Australian population and deploy the next generation of 4G technology including peak network download speeds of up to 600mbps (75Mbps).
The mobile arm of Telstra accounted for 41% of total revenue in 2014/15 and this largely due to the large increase of mobile phone users in the past decade.
Telstra’s dominance is under significant pressure from competitors Optus and Vodafone and with TPG’s latest billion dollar dark fibre deal with Vodafone, it is only going to get more heated.
In recent years, Singtel backed Optus has bought back franchises, decreased price and increased the data allowances for mobile users and as a result has successfully increased its customer base.
Previous tests made comparing the 4G and 3G networks in Australian cities have shown that Vodafones 4G network has the fastest performance.
Time will tell what the future holds but the competition will only help Australian mobile phone users.
Microsoft has always been that kid in school that no-one seems to play with. He’s there but his social awkwardness makes it hard to understand. This was the trend but it might change with their recent announcement. Microsoft intends to give you the power to turn your smartphone into a desktop computer.
Micro USB is the current standard for smartphones (all phones not Apple), however, USB type C cables is set to replace Micro USB in becoming the standard for charging and connecting our smartphones to and from other devices.
Microsoft’s latest smartphones, the Lumia 950 and 950XL will both have a USB-C port. To turn your Lumia 950(XL) into a desktop computer, all you need a monitor, mouse, keyboard and Microsoft Display Dock. This dock will allow you to connect your Lumia to HDMI, DVI and USB – which allows you to connect to most computer peripherals.
When running like a computer, your monitor will show what you’d normally see in a Windows 10 computer. It won’t however, run full desktop programs and will instead scale up your mobile apps. I believe this may change in the future one day but in the meantime, it still is a very interesting proposition.
For businesses and individuals who use a desktop but don’t need a powerful one for graphics design or gaming, this make sense. What this technology means is that you will be able plug your phone into the dock and the phone becomes an instant computer and when you want to leave or go to another room, simply unplug it like you already do when you charge your phone.
USB type C may be the ultimate standard with many speculating that there is a chance USB type C will replace Apple’s lightning cable. With Apple’s lightning cable currently a large part of Apple’s ecosystem, there will be many who may be unhappy if this speculation were to become true. Time will tell what the future holds for the USB type C standard.