AS Australia’s largest internet and mobile provider, Telstra are
well positioned to capitalise on the continued growth in the gaming
sector, both on traditional platforms and in the mobile area.
It was in that vein
that Telstra were also at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las
Vegas, where some of their team briefed Australian journalists on
what the telco is working on.
Telstra have partnered with Microsoft to bring the Xbox One X and its accompanying Game Pass to Telstra customers as part of the Xbox All Access programmeand announced at CES that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be added to the package this coming Tuesday, January 14.
Additionally, Telstra announced the Xbox Elite 2 Wireless controller (in my opinion, one of the best console controllers available) will be available for Telstra customers on either a 24 or 36 month repayment plan, and can also be obtained with points from the Telstra Plus Rewards Store.
Telstra consumer and
small business group executive Michael Ackland said Telstra had made
a lot of ground in 2019, especially in the gaming and entertainment
space, and the Xbox All Access launch had been a resounding success
that far exceeded their expectations.
“Since its launch
on 29 October, we’ve been overwhelmed by demand that has far
surpassed our initial pre-sales estimates,” he said.
that our customers are embracing gaming like never before thanks to
the convenient bundle that puts hundreds of games on offer faster
The company is well
aware of what gamers think of Australia’s internet speeds, and are
working to speed the network up, indicating a gaming-optimised
broadband internet product (previously teased late last year) is not
too far in the offing.
The move appears to
be part of a plan to give Australian gamers – whether they’re
filthy casuals, future e-sports stars, hardcore gamers, or just
people who like to unwind after work with their console – a
straightforward ‘it just works’ gaming experience via the Telstra
There are also
further developments in 5G, with Telstra reportedly trialling some
low-latency concepts across its mobile network, which will have huge
impacts for online gaming – including (potentially) letting people
connect their Nintendo Switch via the mobile network.
The results are
understood to have been very promising, and further testing is being
carried out – particularly in the areas of coverage and
consistency, since gaming needs a lot of bandwidth, low latency, and
Longer term, there is a school of thought that 5G mobile networks
could come to supplement Wi-Fi, even in the home, creating an
interesting scenario where people could basically decide if they
wanted to use a 5G mobile connection or their Wi-Fi router connection
for their internet needs – particularly for gaming.
While the specifics of what they are working on are still under
wraps, Mr Ackland confirmed gaming was very much on the Telstra
agenda for this year – and more information would be coming.
“Telstra is bringing more to our gaming offer in 2020, with the
addition of new games and hardware for our customers, with more to
come,” he said.