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Netgear and Telstra launch world’s first 4G LTE device with download speeds up to 1Gbps

Telstra and Netgear have joined forces to launch the Nighthawk M1 mobile router – the world’s first LTE device which can achieve download speeds of 1Gbps to give you the fastest connection on the move.

The Nighthawk M1 mobile router can securely connect up to 20 wi-fi devices at the same time so you can share the high-speed Telstra 4G LTE network connection with family members or work colleagues.

Netgear’s device has a circular display to see your connection, the number of devices connected and a data usage tracker.

Users can achieve download speeds of up to 1Gbps (that’s 10 times faster than the promised 100Mbps of the NBN) and upload speeds of up to 150Mbps.

“We’re innovating at the cutting edge of mobile broadband technology so our customers can work with greater ease on the go and access the content, services and applications they love when they’re outside the home,” said Andrew Volard, Director of Device Management for Telstra.

“The Nighthawk M1 mobile router powered by Telstra offers incredibly fast data transfer speeds, a long-lasting battery, and other great features for a world class mobile experience.”

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Under the hood is support for Category 16 LTE Advanced plus 4×4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) and 4-Band Carrier Aggregation which means the Nighthawk M1 can be used as a media server to stream and playback content.

There is an Ethernet port and two USB ports (one type A and the other type C) so you can stream media to other connected devices from microSD cards, USB or external hard drives.

Apart from being a mobile hotspot, the M1 can also work as a travel router to channel your hotel’s single internet connection to all your devices.

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The built-in battery can run for up to 24 hours and can also be used to charge smartphones and other small portable USB devices.

Netgear’s new mobile app provides a fast and easy way to connect to the device to control the M1’s key functions, managing the connected devices, storage, security and parental controls.

“For the past 15 years, Telstra and Netgear have worked together to deliver the most innovative mobile broadband products for customers. With their focus on innovation and customer experience, we’re delighted that Telstra has again chosen to team with us for the initial launch of our Nighthawk M1 mobile router,”. said Andrew Green, Vice President of Mobile Network Products at Netgear.

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“It offers the latest LTE and Wi-Fi technologies so you can take full advantage of ultrafast download speeds on the Telstra mobile network and securely share your internet connection to support media streaming, storage and so much more.”

The Netgear Nighthawk M1 will be available in February from Telstra stores or online for $360 upfront or on a plan.

 

About Stephen Fenech

Stephen is the Tech Guide editor and one of Australia's most respected tech journalists. He is a regular on radio and TV talking about the latest tech news, products and trends.

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  • Miles Marriott

    What about the data cost? I just got a $1700 bill for my Telstra 4GX last month!

    • stephenfenech

      They will announce data plans in a week or two when the device is released.