What is a Mobile Hotspot?

The CfAT Mobile Phone Hotspot is a one-user-at-a-time facility to extend mobile coverage in fringe areas with poor coverage.

How does it work?

The dish is aimed at the nearest or most suitable mobile tower, and because of its large receiving area, the dish captures more signal than the phone’s built-in antenna, as it focuses this stronger signal down to the cradle top where the phone sits. The user simply places their phone on the cradle and waits for a few seconds for signal to appear. The phone can be used in loudspeaker mode, or as a personal hotspot.

Hotspots are ideally suited for extending coverage to remote area settlements, roadside rest areas, truck stops, tourist locations and strategic road junctions; in short any important location that is currently outside the footprint of mobile coverage. Hotspots will work equally well with Optus, Telstra or Vodafone signals, and with 3G, 4G or 4GX, provided there is already a very weak signal at the location of interest.  A rule of thumb indicator is that text messages can occasionally be received or sent from that location.