Faster internet speeds will mean people trying to ‘‘download’’ the mammoth burger at Fishnets Cafe in East Corrimal will have an easier time uploading footage of their efforts.
Today, Telstra switches on its 4G mobile coverage in East Corrimal, Cringila and Port Kembla.
The new service promises speeds of between two and 50 megabits per second and Fishnets Cafe owner Tony Neale said those faster speeds would be useful because people liked to record their mammoth burger-eating efforts and put them online.
‘‘It happens quite a lot,’’ Mr Neale said.
‘‘There’s videos on YouTube and things like that. Quite often you’ll get a group of guys out the front, they’ll be filming themselves trying to eat it on their phones.’’
Mr Neale also reckons the faster speeds might draw in other potential burger eaters. If they’re in the neighbourhood, they can download those videos faster, to see what it looks like.
‘‘They can see it before they buy it,’’ he said.
‘‘They can go ‘wow!’ and then come in and order it.’’
Mr Neale said he also ordered stock online so the faster service would make that process easier for him.
It might also attract workers who want to do a spot of online research during lunch.
‘‘We have a lot of tradies come in during the day,’’ Mr Neale said.
‘‘They sit out the front in the sun and have their lunch. A lot of them will do their work on the computer at the same time.’’
Telstra Country Wide area general manager Pamela Georgiou said a further 50 suburbs from Clifton to Kiama would have the service switched on by the end of the year. She said the new 4G coverage would provide locals in the area with mobile broadband speeds as fast as those in major cities.
“The additional speeds and network capacity Telstra 4G offers will really support residents, travellers and local businesses in these regions,’’ Ms Georgiou said.
‘‘This will be particularly important as we head into the Christmas period when we know that the influx of family and friends travelling through and visiting the area has previously put pressure on the existing network.’’