Telstra and NetComm today announced the launch of the new Telstra Turbo 7 Wireless Gateway the next generation of the popular business productivity device for mobile workers first introduced in 2008.

Telstra and NetComm today announced the launch of the new Telstra Turbo 7 Wireless Gateway the next generation of the popular business productivity device for mobile workers first introduced in 2008.

The Gateway allows users to turn a single Next G network service into a mobile Wi-Fi and Ethernet hotspot wherever there is network coverage and power.

The new Turbo 7 Wireless Gateway is one of the first 3G devices in the world to deliver enhanced upload speeds thanks to recent upgrades to the Telstra Next G network . Telstra customers with the new 5.8Mbps^ peak uplink rated Turbo 7 Wireless Gateway can experience typical upload speeds of 300kbps to 3Mbps in capital, metropolitan and selected regional areas*.

The Turbo 7 Series Wireless Gateway will be available from 14 July.

New features:

New features make and the Telstra Turbo 7 Wireless Gateway a complete digital office in a box solution:

  • Super-fast upload speeds. With typical upload speeds up to three times faster than the first generation Gateway, the new Gateway makes uploading large files, connecting to virtual private networks or updating CRM databases easier and faster.
  • Voice port. Users can now plug a standard telephone handset into the Gateway to make voice calls over the Next G network.
  • USB 2.0 port. A printer or portable hard drive can be plugged into the new Gateway and accessed by multiple devices sharing the network.
  • A new sleek brushed metal form factor.

The new Turbo 7 also includes many of the original 7 Series Gateways standout features, including:

  • Super-fast download speeds. Businesses can experience typical download speeds of 550kbps to 3Mbps.
  • Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity. Features 802.11g Wi-Fi and 2 Ethernet ports allowing users to network up to 20 wireless and wired devices.
  • Enterprise-grade security. The gateway features the latest WPA2 data encryption, business grade SPI firewall, and VPN pass through.
  • Superior range. Businesses need only plug in the device to enjoy the coverage benefits of the Telstra Next G network that provides more than 2 million square kilometres of coverage.
  • Remarkably simple set-up. Installation and configuration process runs off a bundled USB drive. The setup wizard guides the user through the entire setup process. Users can be up and running in 5 minutes.

Quotes:

Telstra Product Management Executive Director Mr Ross Fielding said that the Telstra Turbo 7 Wireless Gateway was the perfect productivity device for businesses looking for a cost effective and versatile way to connect teams out in the field.

The Telstra Turbo 7 Wireless Gateway equips businesses to take their own network and IT tools with them on customer visits, to events or when they need to set up temporary work sites. The Gateway can establish a 3G-powered local network in minutes allowing workers to share files, access the net, make fixed phone calls over the Telstra Next G network and access corporate databases or SASS applications at mobile broadband speeds.

And the Gateways improved upload performance means users can send emails and upload files and data up to three times faster than the first generation Gateway.

NetComm Managing Director, David Stewart, said NetComm has 25 years experience in developing communications products and services in Australia, for Australia.

This device was developed exclusively for the Telstra Next G network and Australian conditions. It is the culmination of many months of research and innovation by NetComm and Telstra.

Pricing and availability:

Telstra Business and Enterprise customers can order the device through any Telstra Shop or Dealer or via their Telstra Account Manager. The Turbo 7 Wireless Gateway can be purchased for $149 upfront in conjunction with $59, $89, $119 and $169 data packs on a 24 month contract or can be purchased outright for $589.

The Turbo 7 Series Wireless Gateway will be available from 14 July.

Applications:

The gateway provides an ideal connectivity solution for a number of industries and applications including:

  • Trade fairs, road shows and exhibitions a secure, high-bandwidth alternative to renting a fixed line connection.
  • A business continuity asset providing a crucial back-up for fixed line connections, allowing businesses to use their IT and communication systems when traditional broadband services are down.
  • Ticketing for outdoor events such as cinema, concerts, theatre and comedy festivals as well as sporting and community events.
  • Mobile vendors and other on the road operations providing connectivity to centralised inventory and billing systems.
  • Seasonal and temporary activities such as construction sites, farming and recreation businesses.

^ Peak device rated uplink speed, actual upload speeds will be slower and will vary due to factors such as distance from the mobile base station, local conditions, user numbers, hardware, software, and other factors.

* Typical customer upload speeds of 300 Kbps to 1 Mbps in other coverage areas.

More information:

For more information or for high-resolution images please contact:

Telstra media contact: Martin Barr: 0418 101 127
www.telstra.com.au/abouttelstra/media

NetComm media contact: Mat Hardy: 0414 416 622
matthewh@netcomm.com.au