Telstra and OneWeb are gearing up for rollout of the OneWeb’s low Earth Orbit (LEO) backhaul to strengthen mobile connectivity across Australia. The strategic alliance represents one of the world’s most extensive LEO deployments, aiming to boost real-time applications and expand network reach in remote areas.
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Telstra CEO Vicki BradyBrady thinks the role of the operator is to become an “ecosystem builder” that brings together technologies such as 5G, AI, automation, edge computing, and “an explosion of applications”. She also warned that if operators don’t change, they run the risk that the “value created over our networks gets captured by others.” Indeed, Brady advised operators to get comfortable with the idea of not always being in control of the end-to-end solution.
The GSMA announced a new industry-wide initiative called GSMA Open Gateway, a framework of universal network Application Programmable Interfaces (APIs), designed to provide universal access to operator networks for developers. Launched with the support of 21 mobile network operators, the move is aimed at changing the way the telecoms industry designs and delivers services in an API economy world.
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Telstra and Ericsson announced the first commercial deployment of Ericsson Private 5G for Australian enterprise AgriFood Connect, which was established to speed up the adoption of technology and innovation in the farming and manufacturing sectors. It will support a wide range of enterprise use cases over 5G standalone such as asset condition monitoring and data gathering from machinery, allowing for predictive maintenance.