Mid April Update

17 Apr 2018

The Blackspot Priority Locations round has been announced and locations can now be found under the "BlackSpot" menu here on OzTowers. Please note however that exact tower locations have not yet been released so the map only shows a rough guesstimation and should only be used as a guide. Locations will be updated as more information becomes available.

Not to be outdone by Vodafone, Optus appears to be ramping up again with 33 new sites, 15 of those on the Gold Coast and likely active for some weeks prior to the commonwealth games.  Optus continues with their 4G2100 and 4G1800 rollouts with 90 upgraded sites along with proposals for over 100 more.

Telstra appears to be ramping up its Blackspot rollout with a further 15 new sites now activated this fortnight with many being blackspot related. Telstra also managed to upgrade a further 44 sites with 4G2600 and 4G700 continuing to be the main focus.

Vodafone, taking a bit of a breather managed only 1 new site and 56 site upgrades. 44 of those upgrades were in metro Melbourne and consisted exclusively of NB-IOT 900Mhz.

TPG continues to roll out its new network with another 30 proposals 11 around Sydney from the CBD to out around Homebush, and another 19 located both north and south of Melbourne’s CBD.

NBN also activated 10 new sites around the country, with 7 site upgrades, and 1 new site proposal also reported.

The low band 700mhz 4G gap between Optus and Telstra has decreased by 6 sites. Optus is still ahead of Telstra in 4G700 by 844 sites.

Motorola Solutions snaps up $261M extension with Vic Govt

24 Apr 2018

Motorola Solutions Australia has been awarded a $261 million contract extension with Partnerships Victoria to expand and upgrade the mission-critical radio network serving Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade.

The contract has been extended for seven years with the option to extend for a further five.

In 2004, Motorola was awarded the Metropolitan Mobile Radio (MMR) project valued at $120 million at the time.
The goal was to replace the existing analogue radio system used by Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board with a "state of the art" digital radio system, ultimately delivering a mission-critical, digitally encrypted voice communication system for emergency services throughout greater metropolitan Melbourne.

To continue reading the article: click here. (arnnet.com.au)

Better mobile coverage at Byabarra-Bagnoo Road black spot

24 Apr 2018

Residents and businesses around Byabarra-Bagnoo Road are now benefitting from new and improved mobile coverage on Australia’s largest mobile network.

It’s part of Telstra’s rollout of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

Telstra area general manager, Mike Marom said it was a significant moment for the community around Byabarra-Bagnoo Road.

“The new mobile base station delivers Telstra’s 3G and state of the art 4GX mobile data services to the area for the first time,” he said.

“We know the important role mobile technology plays helping people stay in contact with friends and family, and run businesses effectively.

“We are proud to be part of this important initiative which extends the latest technologies across regional and rural communities, along major regional transport routes, and in locations prone to natural disasters,” said Mr Marom.

To continue reading the article: click here. (wauchopegazette.com.au)

Telstra’s regional coverage continues to grow as mobile black spot picks up speed

24 Apr 2018

The Girvan community is now benefiting from new and improved mobile coverage on Australia’s largest mobile network, as Telstra’s roll-out of the Federal government’s mobile black spot program picks up speed.

“This is a significant moment for the Girvan community, which joins almost 400 locations across Australia that are now benefiting from more mobile coverage through Telstra’s delivery of the mobile black spot program,” Telstra area general manager, Tricia Wilson said.

“The new mobile base station at Girvan delivers Telstra’s 3G and state-of-the-art 4GX mobile data services to the area for the first time,” Ms Wilson said.

“As the company offering more mobile coverage across the country than anyone else, we know the important role mobile technology plays helping people stay in contact with friends and family, and run businesses effectively.

To continue reading the article: click here. (greatlakesadvocate.com.au)

Mobile takes hold for Aussie internet explorers

23 Apr 2018

ACMA report reveals that mobile phones are the most popular and frequently used device for internet access in the country

The importance of mobility in the enterprise IT mix has been highlighted once again in the latest report by Australia’s telco industry regulator, which shows that more Australians connect to the internet via their mobile phones than by any other means.   

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Communications report 2016-17, tabled in Federal Parliament on 8 December, revealed that mobile phones are the most popular and frequently used device for internet access in the country.

According to the ACMA, an estimated 33.64 million mobile voice and data services were in operation in Australia as of June 2017, representing an increase of 3.2 per cent compared to the previous year.

To continue reading the article: click here. (arnnet.com.au)

Australians bought 9.2M smartphones last year

23 Apr 2018

Smartphone sales in Australia were up 11 per cent year-on-year in 2017, with 9.2 million units sold, according to the latest figures by industry research firm, Telsyte.

The Telsyte Australian Smartphone and Wearable Devices Market Study 2018 estimates that 4.8 million smartphones were sold in the second half of 2017 alone, up six per cent from the same period in 2016.

Australian smartphone growth in 2017 was driven by an Android replacement cycle, according to Telsyte. In fact, Android devices made up 55 per cent of all units sold during the period.

Overall, Telsyte suggests that there are now around 19.3 million smartphone users in Australia, most of which use Android phones. According to Telsyte’s estimates, 8.6 million Australians use iPhones and 10.3 million are Android users, while another 400,000 use other platforms.

According to Telsyte, the top three Android vendors in the second half of 2017 were Samsung, OPPO and Huawei.

To continue reading the article: click here. (arnnet.com.au)

NBN Co accused of using Sky Muster as 'dumping ground'

23 Apr 2018

For hard-to-serve metro premises.

NBN Co has been accused of using its Sky Muster satellite service as a “dumping ground” for premises on metropolitan fringes that are otherwise too hard or expensive to serve.

In a submission to the joint parliamentary inquiry into the NBN, BIRRR (Better Internet for Rural, Regional and Remote Australia) expressed disappointment that more underserved areas of Australia were only being offered Sky Muster services.

It said that “despite extensive research” it was often unclear why NBN Co made choices about the access technology a particular town or community would get.

“In some cases there appears to have been an ad hoc approach and a wave of a wand for several large communities (already receiving ADSL) with many businesses and fibre running through town, yet [they were] mapped ... for Sky Muster satellite,” BIRRR said.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itnews.com.au)

TIO complaint numbers 'show telcos need to step up their game'

23 Apr 2018

Telecommunications industry lobby group Communications Alliance says the number of complaints in the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman's six-monthly update are disappointing and indicate that the industry has to do more to improve the customer experience.

Overall, as iTWire has reported, the TIO received 84,914 complaints during the second half of 2017, up 28.7% on the year-ago period.

CA director programme management, Christiane Gillespie-Jones, said in a statement: “While our industry is dealing with disruption, in part caused by the significant increase in NBN connections and migration to the network, we are disappointed with the high level of complaints in the second half of 2017.

“Industry — including service providers and NBN Co — are working intensely on a range of measures to improve the overall consumer experience.

“Some initiatives around broadband speeds are bearing fruit already and we are pleased to see that the speeds customers are receiving – even during peak hours – are often exceeding the promised speeds, as evidenced in the recent ACCC Broadband Speed Monitoring Report.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itwire.com)

Optus wants tower in 'critically important' environment area

21 Apr 2018

TWO Byron Shire councillors said they would only be "chasing rabbits down a rabbit hole” if the council did not approve a new Optus mobile phone tower.

Optus has lodged a development application to council to construct a mobile tower in the North Byron Parklands, given the influx of people the area receives for music festivals each year.

The tower would also benefit residents in Wooyung and Yelgun - which has been identified as a mobile blackspot area.

Councillors Paul Spooner and Alan Hunter said they supported staff recommendations to move ahead with the project and moved an amendment to call on councillors to give their consent moving forward.

"I don't see anything that has occurred that can back us up for knocking us back,” Cr Spooner said.

Cr Spooner said if the council was to knock back the development would be "hypocritical”.

To continue reading the article: click here. (northernstar.com.au)

A new mobile phone tower planned for Firefly

21 Apr 2018

Optus will install a new macro-base station to power a new mobile phone tower to service the Firefly area, delivering on the Federal Coalition Government’s election commitment to invest funds to eliminate the mobile blackspot area.

Telstra also have a number of new towers planned to go in across NSW.

Federal Member for Lyne, Dr David Gillespie said the tower adds to the growing list of additional towers to be installed in his electorate as part of the ongoing roll-out of communications infrastructure, which includes the Coalition Government’s $220 million mobile black spot program.

“I’m delighted that both Telstra and Optus have responded with bids to build new towers in the latest round of funding under our mobile black spot program,” Dr Gillespie said.

To continue reading the article: click here. (greatlakesadvocate.com.au)

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