WA Govt plugs $20.7M into mobile blackspot program

24 May 2019
InTheNews

The Western Australia Government is putting $20.7 million towards fixing regional mobile blackspots under the Regional Telecommunications Project.

The government has recognised poor digital connectivity as a major impediment to regional economic development and job creation.

This new funding will also put the state in good stead for the next round of the Federal Government’s Mobile Blackspot Program, placing it in a stronger position in being able to negotiate Federal and industry investment.

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New round of Black Spot funding opens

24 May 2019
InTheNews

Rural mobile phone coverage is set for a boost with the Marshall Liberal Government working with regional communities to deliver the latest round of Mobile Black Spot Program funding.

Round five of the Commonwealth Mobile Black Spot Program is now open with $80 million available across the country. The State Government will contribute a further $3 million towards local black spots from the $10 million South Australian Mobile Phone Black Spot fund.

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Council refuses permit for monopole in Birregurra’s heritage preci

24 May 2019
TelstraNews

Colac Otway refuses permit for monopole in Birregurra’s heritage precinct

Colac Otway Shire Council will encourage Telstra to lodge a planning application to establish a new mobile phone tower at a location than doesn’t impact on the valued streetscape character of Birregurra.

Council has refused to grant a planning permit for the construction of a 20-metre telecommunications monopole in Birregurra’s Jenner Street because of the detrimental visual impact on the town’s Main Street heritage precinct.

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Mobile phone tower approved for Raymond Terrace

24 May 2019
InTheNews

Poor mobile phone reception could be a thing of the past by the end of the year for many residents in the Lakeside area of Raymond Terrace.

Port Stephens Council last week approved a 38.4 metre high telecommunications tower in the Leisure Way carpark (near the rugby league fields, swim and bowling centres).

 

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Chinese brands dominate, but Europe smartphone sales down

24 May 2019
InTheNews

Smartphone sales in Europe during the first quarter of 2019 fell 3% year-on-year and 20% quarter-on-quarter, the analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that there was a marginal increase in eastern Europe while Western Europe saw a 6% year-on-year drop.

Samsung retained the top position with 31% (compared to 30% in 2018) while Huawei was second with 26% (up from 15% in 2018) and Apple brought up the rear, finishing third with 21%, a drop from 23% last year.

Counterpoint Research director Peter Richardson said: “The smartphone market declined mainly due to a lengthening replacement cycle and lack of innovation in new models.

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Phone issues worsened situation

24 May 2019
TelstraNews

Redmond fire control officer Pieter Mostert remembers how the lack of phone coverage complicated the fight against the May, 2018 bushfires.

During the emergency, he struggled to contact volunteer firefighters to recruit them, those who were already fighting, control centres in Albany or the community at risk.

Since then, Telstra has activated 13 new mobile base stations across the Great Southern as part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

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$20 million on table for regional mobile black spots

24 May 2019
InTheNews

McGowan Government to invest $20.7 million towards fixing regional mobile black spots
Funding to ensure WA gets its fair share of Federal Mobile Black Spot Program

The McGowan Government is stepping up efforts to close the digital divide in regional Western Australia, setting aside $20.7 million for the Regional Telecommunications Project.

Poor digital connectivity has been identified as one of the major impediments to regional economic development and job creation.

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Improved mobile phone service for Old Bar and highway

24 May 2019
OptusNews

Optus has switched on a new tower in Taree, bringing improved mobile coverage to Old Bar Road and the Pacific Highway.

The new tower will not only provide improved coverage for those travelling along Old bar Road and the Pacific Highway, but also provide improved capacity the Taree Interchange Service Centre, Optus' Territory general nanager for North West NSW, Chris Simon said.

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Dardanup council topple Henty mobile tower plans

24 May 2019
InTheNews

The Dardanup Shire Council unanimously voted to reject a development application for a mobile tower in Henty last week.

Shire president Mick Bennett said councillors based their decision on the proposed Pile Road location near Joel Court “not being a good idea”.

“The community didn’t like where it would have been in an area just as you were coming down into the valley, which I think is fair enough,” he said.

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Optus switches on a new mobile tower in Taree

24 May 2019
OptusNews

Improves coverage along the Pacific Highway

Optus has switched on a new tower in Taree, bringing improved mobile coverage to the Mid North Coast.

The new tower will improve coverage along Old Bar road and the Pacific Highway, providing the local community with uninterrupted mobile reception to make and receive calls, texts and access mobile data.

 

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