5G Boosters: Telstra and Optus in Spotlight

  • Dec 21, 2019 AEDT
  • Team Kalkine
5G Boosters: Telstra and Optus in Spotlight

5G is the evolution of the mobile technology which aims to improve the day to day lives of users. Australians are known to be amongst the most tech-savvy citizens, and they are always on a look out to strengthen their connectivity and accelerate the networks. In the country, amid various players in the market, Telstra was the first company to launch 5G services as well as 5G devices.

The contemporary world of today is well averse of the features of 5G network. However, to brush up upon the same, let’s take you through the 5G technology, which is driven by eight specification requirements-

  • Speed up to 10 GBPS
  • Availability up 99.99%
  • Coverage up to 100%
  • 90% reduction in the network energy usage
  • Up to 10 years of battery life for low power IoT device
  • Up to 100 times the number of attached devices per unit area
  • 1000x bandwidth per unit area
  • Latency of 1-millisecond

Acquaint Yourselves with the 5G Booster

Many-a-times, you might have noticed that in some part of your house, the network is not as fast as it should be. It could be because of various factors- the size of the house, the layout etc. The coverage can be improved by moving the modem to the central point of your home, positioning the modem off and well above the floor and removing the modem from thick walls or any obstacles.

Another way to tackle this situation is through a Wi-Fi booster which provides you with better coverage, even in a low signal area.

Now, the next question which comes to the mind is- how does the Wi-Fi signal booster work to help the existing signals to boost?

The answer to this question is simple- Wi-Fi signal booster allows the entire wireless devices within that extended coverage area to link to the internet or related Wi-Fi network. It works by pulling the present weak signal from the transmitter and then amplifying before getting transmitted to more spaces where it is required. Through the Wi-Fi signal booster, the existing Wi-Fi network reaches multiple storeys in a building, at all corners.

Thus, the users would be able to enjoy an improved internet usage speed along with other extra advantages.

In this backdrop, let us look at two such companies, that is provide Wi-Fi Booster- Telstra Corporation Limited (ASX: TLS) and Optus.

Telstra Corporation Limited (ASX: TLS)

Telstra Corporation Limited (ASX: TLS) is the leading telecommunications and technology company in Australia that provides a full range of communication service. It offers more than 18 million retail mobile facilities, 1.4 million retail fixed independent voice services along with 3.7 million retail fixed bundles in Australia.

It was the first company in Australia to offer 5G services and devices. On 20 December 2019, TLS quoted $3.68 on ASX, down by 0.2% relative to its last close. The YTD return of the stock is 35.5%.

Let’s know about Telstra’s Smart Wi-Fi Booster Gen 2:

  • Telstra’s Wi-Fi Boosters work with its modem to provide better Wi-Fi coverage in the region of a low signal of the premises (office or home) through Telstra modem and up to four Boosters.
  • It effortlessly connects to the strongest available Wi-Fi signal.
  • Sees one network name when getting connected to Wi-Fi enabled devices.


Optus is one of the largest telecommunications companies in Australia that provides mobile, telephony, internet, satellite, entertainment and business network services to more than 10 million customers every day. Optus was earlier listed on ASX. However, the company was officially delisted in June 2015.

The company’s mobile network reaches 98.5% of the total Australian population. The company is committed to providing new technologies continuously that allow Aussies to connect to their friends, families and businesses. They offer various pre- and post-paid mobile plans where the customers can choose that is most appropriate for them.

At Optus, 5G roll-out is an ongoing process and availability might differ between home broadband and mobile coverage.

Optus’s Powerline Adaptors:

The powerline adaptor helps in converting the broadband signal into a form which can get transmitted to various corners of the user’s house through the present electrical wiring. These form an important alternative in case the Wi-Fi network is incapable of supporting a high-speed data connection, and it is not possible to connect through the ethernet cable.

For using the Powerline Adapters, there is a need of at least two paired Adapters. The first adapter will be connected to the modem via ethernet cable and then plugged to the nearest power point. The second is plugged to another power point and then connected via ethernet cable to the pc, Fetch box or other matching devices.

With the growing business and user need for communication services in a growing contemporary world, it will be interesting to witness Telstra, Optus and other likewise companies to come up with innovative and tech-friendly concepts that eases lives. With the demand surging for the technological services and devises, it is likely for investors to develop a soft corner for stocks of communication services providers- a business which is likely to grow in the coming years.


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