Does anyone happen to know if Telstra is allowing the use of or maybe have set up repeaters (signal boosters) themselves for their Next G network?
I was travelling through the flinders ranges in SA and stopped in at the Prairie hotel in Parachilna and was surprised to see full coverage on my i Phone.
The telstra coverage maps indicate that it is on the very edge of the weak "car kit external antenna only" signal area.
Was wondering if anyone knows whether Telstra offers or allows these?
where where you talking about though, you only said staff? Carriers are permitted to install repeaters as part of their networks under their licences.
Third party installs are illegal and the carriers do 'catch' people – here's a recent one – /archive/1780925 It was at the Pub in Parachilna, it was just one of the employees of the pub that told me they had a booster.
Could Telstra be supplying these to some outback hotels on the fringe of their Next G coverage areas?
They don't use repeaters at all (and nor do any other carrier to my knowledge). A lot of public places have Telstra microcells installed – shopping centres, underground train stations, office buildings, etc.
This is not a microcell, microcells are used in urban locations to increase capacity and give better indoor coverage etc.
What I encountered was an outback location where the town is on the very edge of Next G reception.
I know for a fact that optus use repeaters as I just had one installed in my building to provide coverage to a dead spot.
2 units make it up, the receiver that picks up mobile coverage and retransmits over wifi to another unit that retransmits the signal on 3G. Manufactured by a company called "Andrews"These are full cell repeaters, meaning basically a base station. A repeater and base station are two completely different things by definition aren't they?