27 October 2011 – Australian businesses can now take a super-fast network with them when setting up temporary work locations with the launch of the Telstra Ultimate® Gateway – a device that turns a single Telstra Mobile Broadband® service into a portable Wi-Fi and Ethernet hotspot.

Developed by NetComm in Australia, the Telstra Ultimate Gateway operates on Australia’s largest and fastest mobile broadband network and allows businesses to easily establish a powerful Wi-Fi and wired network for multiple devices and users. It is up to twice as fast as previous mobile broadband gateways from Telstra*.

Anthea Roberts, Director, Telstra Mobile Broadband, said the release of the Ultimate Gateway meant businesses could more easily connect and transact from temporary or mobile work sites.

"The Ultimate Gateway is the fastest mobile gateway device in Australia and allows businesses to connect teams or multiple Wi-Fi-enabled devices wherever there is Next G® network coverage and power. We’ve worked to make the set up of this portable device as straightforward as possible and in minutes, customers can connect up to 16 wireless and four wired devices to the net. This makes it incredibly simple to establish internet-powered networks at temporary office locations, conferences, tradeshows, construction sites or when on the road.”

The Ultimate Gateway integrates four powerful internal antennas for superior signal strength and provides blistering download speeds ranging from 1.1Mbps to 20Mbps in Telstra 3G Dual Channel HSPA+ enabled coverage areas which span more than 60 per cent of the Australian population and include Australia’s capital cities and many metropolitan and regional areas*. In remaining metropolitan areas and other selected regional areas, the Ultimate Gateway provides download speeds ranging from 550kbps to 8Mbps and in other coverage areas speeds ranging from 550kbps to 3Mbps.

David Stewart, Managing Director, NetComm, said "The Gateway was designed to optimise network and technology advances while offering a whole new dimension of freedom when used in conjunction with 'on-demand' Internet based service such as Cloud computing."

The Telstra Ultimate Gateway supports fast Wi-Fi n connectivity (as well as Wi-Fi b and g) for maximum Wi-Fi performance and security. It comes with two built-in USB 2.0 ports that customer can use to share access to a printer or mass storage device.

The Telstra Ultimate Gateway is the first portable mobile broadband gateway in Australia to use advanced dual channel HSPA+ technology which is available exclusively in Australia on the Telstra Next G® network – Australia’s fastest national mobile broadband network.

Pricing and availability

The Telstra Ultimate® Mobile Broadband Gateway is now available from Telstra Business Centres and select Telstra Stores. It can be purchased by business customers on a range of plans including for $0 upfront on the $89 Telstra Mobile Broadband Standard Plan over 24 months with 15GB included data to use in Australia each month (min cost $ 2,136). The Telstra Ultimate Gateway can also be purchased outright for RRP $399.

For more information, customers can visit: www.telstra.com/business/gateways

*Actual speeds vary due to factors such as distance from the base station, local terrain, user numbers, hardware & software configuration and download source/upload destination. Note also, if multiple users access the device the typical speed ranges per user may be reduced.

Visit www.telstra.com.au/mobile/networks/coverage/broadband.html  for details of coverage areas.

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Media contact:

Stephanie Wilson, NetComm, 0450 391 792 or email: stephanie.wilson@netcomm.com.au

Peter Symons, Telstra, 0407 709 654

Email: media@team.telstra.com. Reference: 337/2011

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