Small cells bringing fast mobile coverage to where it’s needed most

25 Apr 2019
TelstraNews

‘Small cells’ are an important part of our mobile network, providing additional capacity in busy cities and metropolitan areas without the visual impact of a full mobile base station. They also enhance mobile coverage in regional and rural areas, often at a fraction of the cost of a mobile tower while still providing effective service to where it’s needed.

Small cells, sometimes referred to as ‘mini base stations’, are small enough that you might have already seen one in the suburbs around you without realising – they’re generally made up of one or two small antennas and a small equipment cabinet, typically installed on existing infrastructure like light poles, bus shelters, advertising billboards or payphone cabinets.

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Optus mobile black spot program continues apace

25 Apr 2019
OptusNews

Optus continues the rollout of its black spot program with a new tower switched on in the NSW town of Curlewis to give improved mobile coverage across the Liverpool Plains area.

The company says the new tower will address a known black spot identified by the local community, providing them with dedicated mobile reception to make and receive calls, texts and access mobile data.

Optus’ Territory general manager for North West New South Wales, Chris Simon, said, “This will be the first time Curlewis has had dedicated Optus mobile coverage, providing real choice and competition for residents and businesses in the area.

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Proposed telecommunications facility in Birregurra deferred

25 Apr 2019
TelstraNews

Council defers application to proposed telecommunications facility in Birregurra

Colac Otway Shire Council has deferred a decision on a planning permit for a 20-metre Telstra monopole in the centre of Birregurra to seek community feedback and clarification on black spot funding.

Shire Mayor Cr Jason Schram said Council understood how important improved mobile phone coverage was to the community and wanted to seek feedback on the proposed location of the tower due to the impact it may have on the neighbourhood character of Birregurra’s main street.

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Curlewis mobile black-spots to be addressed with Optus tower

25 Apr 2019
OptusNews

Liverpool Plains residents may have improved mobile coverage after a new Optus mobile tower was switched on in Curlewis on Thursday.

The new tower is located off McCormack Lane on the recreation grounds in the town, and was erected to address a known black-spot in the local community.

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Half of Woods Point still in the dark

25 Apr 2019
InTheNews

WOODS Point is a town divided when it comes to phone reception.

Despite a new mobile tower being switched on recently, mobile phone reception has not improved for some residents.

It appears you need to live on the right side of town if you want top reception.

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Better coverage is aim of Telstra's tower permit application for Tullah

25 Apr 2019
TelstraNews

Telstra has applied to the West Coast Council for a permit to install a 35 metre high mobile phone tower at Tullah.

The company wants to site the tower at 56 Farrell Street at the Tullah Lakeside Chalet.

The facility is not defined as 'low impact', otherwise it would have been able to go ahead without council approval.

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$80 million for Mobile Black Spot Program: Mark Coulton, Bridget McKenzie

25 Apr 2019
TelstraNews

The mobile black spots yet to get coverage are "the more difficult ones to cover", says Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton.

Round five of the Mobile Black Spot Program is open. $80 million has been allocated for the program to expand mobile coverage in rural and regional areas.

In the latest round, it was announced that the Parkes electorate would receive five new Telstra base stations at Tilpa, Silverton Exchange, Enngonia, Pimpara Lake (near Packsaddle) and Naree Station (near Yantabulla).

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Telecommunications sector set to rebound

25 Apr 2019
InTheNews

After four years of significant underperformance, we think the telecommunications sector has found rock bottom and is showing early signs of a rebound. There are several fundamental catalysts that could drive this recovery and they all relate to consumer fixed and mobile services, which account for more than 60 per cent of earnings.

These catalysts are due by June and include: 1) passing the peak pain point on the NBN (consumer prices are now going up for the first time ever); 2) the launch of 5G (which moves the focus from price to quality of service); and 3) the ACCC's decision on whether Vodafone and TPG Telcom can merge.

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Optus switches on four new mobile towers in Mackay, Bowen Basin

25 Apr 2019
OptusNews

Singtel Optus is continuing its quest to provide a better mobile signal with the switching on of four new mobile towers that will boost coverage in Mackay and Bowen Basin.

A statement from the telco said the new towers aimed to address black spots identified by locals and to provide dedicated 4G mobile coverage for calls, texts and mobile data.

Optus’ Territory general manager for Central Queensland, Madonna Burgess, said: “Over the past few months Optus has switched on new towers in the Mackay region at Calen and Mirani along with two new towers in the Bowen Basin at Elphinstone and Glenden.

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Vocus calls for backhaul component to mobile black spot program

25 Apr 2019
InTheNews

Network operator Vocus says that the government should consider funding carrier-neutral backhaul as part of its mobile black spot program.

The federal government in 2015 launched the mobile black spot program, and as of 20 March this year 683 base stations partially funded by the initiative had been activated. 

In total the government has put $760 million towards the program’s four rounds, helping fund 1047 base stations in parts of Australia areas that are judged to lack adequate mobile coverage.

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