Wednesday, 30 December 2015 20:25

Telstra makes BIG NYE phone, data and text predictions

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Australians will once again turn to their phones to ring in, text in and bring in the New Year, with some pretty big numbers predicted.

The numbers are BIG:

  • Up to 11.5 million text messages between 11pm and 2am
  • Almost 900,000 GB of downloaded data
  • Up to 57 million text messages
  • Up to 39 million calls from mobiles

Telstra says that ‘more videos, selfies and Facebook posts than ever before will be shared across Telstra’s network this New Year’s Eve.’

On top of that, the Big T is predicting ‘almost 900,000 GB of data will be downloaded on New Year’s Eve, twice the amount of last year.’

Telstra’s Director for Wireless Network Engineering, Channa Seneviratne, said Telstra saw a record amount of data and text messages sent on Christmas Day and that trend is set to continue over New Year’s Eve. iTWire’s article covering Telstra’s Christmas Day predictions is here

Concerning NYE, Seneviratne said: “The explosion in mobile usage and the increasing access to high-speed 4G technology have created more ways for people to connect.

“The amount of data we predict to be downloaded on New Year’s Eve is the equivalent of one person continuously watching 90 years of High Definition content, which is a fair load for the network to carry.

“That means a lot of videos and photos capturing the celebrations. We also expect plenty of traffic via text messages with the peak coming between 11pm and 2am when we predict over 11.5 million text messages will be sent and an additional 600,000 MMS’ passing through the network over the same period,” Seneviratne said.

Telstra is also encouraging its customers to download the Sydney NYE Telstra App which will allow users with an Australian mobile number to pre-load up to 50 standard SMS that Telstra will send for free from midnight local time on NYE, helping to connect friends and family throughout the festivities.

iTWire covered Telstra’s announcement of its SydNYE app on 15 December 2015, which you can read about here

More below, please read on!

The app is exclusive to Telstra, and ensures the fireworks displays at both 9pm and midnight are streamable via the app on iOS and Android - as well as on Telstra's NYE website and Telstra’s YouTube Channel

Telstra will also be filming the fireworks from a 360 camera rig from special vantage points, including the south pylon of the Harbour Bridge. Telstra says ‘this exclusive footage will be released on Telstra’s Facebook page post midnight, providing another view for those who missed or want to relive this spectacular event.’

Telstra has also taken the opportunity to put in a plug for its Telstra Air service, which it is giving free access to its consumer mobile and broadband customers until June 2016, as reported on 15 December 2015 at iTWire here.  

Telstra says its ‘personal mobile customers on eligible pre-paid and post-paid plans who are out and about on New Year’s Eve are encouraged to sign up to Telstra Air to enjoy unlimited free data hotspots on the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network.’

The major telco concludes by stating that ‘Telstra Air Wi-Fi hotspots are available in thousands of neighbourhoods across Australia, including more than 100 coastal towns and retreats from Broome to Byron Bay.’

iTWire reader 'Quantic_Cruiser', who reportedly once drank tachyon tea while riding within the (sadly fictional) Matrix, will predictably make some comment about predictions, as he unpredictably did so in previous iTWire articles, and to answer his presuambly predictable questions, there has been no issuance of similar predictions by Optus or Vodafone as yet.

Feel free to make your own predictions in the comments section below, but I predict you're all too busy having too good a time to take Nostradamus on at his future gazing game. 

Happy New Year's Eve, and Happy New Year 2016 when it gets here to all! :-)


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