End of July Update

03 Aug 2018

Optus continues this fortnight with their 4G2100 rollout upgrading a total of 129 sites with NSW and QLD being the main focus but WA and VIC also getting some attention. Although a hand full of sites was upgraded with other bands 4G2100 was the overwhelming focus. Optus also managed 15 brand new sites with NSW and VIC receiving 5 each.

Vodafone also managed to upgrade a bunch of sites, 80 in all mostly focused on eastern mainland states and but with a mix of bands but mostly 4G2100 and NB-IOTG900. Vodafone also managed to install 11 new sites with QLD and NSW receiving 4 and 5 respectively. Also, Vodafone extended their ‘endless’ plans to businesses for the first time, not to be confused with ‘unlimited’ as these plans are throttled to 1.5mb/s once you quota is used.

Telstra upgraded 76 sites with 4G700 and 4G2600 being a major focus, however Telstra is also proposing a bunch more 5G sites as well. Most sites getting 5G are also receiving upgrades to 4G with many receiving all 4G bands. Telstra is finally getting around to deploying its spectrum in totality, something Optus has been doing for some time now! Telstra also installed 9 new sites. The big news for Telstra was the release of their new Truly Unlimited mobile plan. At $200 per month, it’s not something that just anyone will go out and buy. However, if NBN satellite is all you have access to, and some larger NBN satellite plans being quite expensive and still limited, this plan should get your attention!

TPG now has over 800 sites proposed adding a further 100 sites this fortnight. TPG must be getting close to its switch on date so I expect this to continue as its network gets underway. Many site reports were created sometime ago and only now are being published.

NBN for those who still care, added 10 new mostly outer metro sites and upgraded a further 12.

The low band 700mhz 4G gap between Optus and Telstra has decrease by 38 sites as Telstra begins to make inroads into Optus’ early lead. Optus is only ahead of Telstra in 4G700 by 761 sites.

Optus forks out $42 million to improve Tasmania's mobile network

15 Aug 2018

Optus has splashed out $42.2 million to build 37 new mobile sites in Tasmania to improve call quality and download speeds in the state.

The network upgrades include seven mobile sites in Hobart, five in Devonport, 10 in Launceston and three on the east coast, bringing the total number of mobile sites in Tasmania to 151.

Optus chief executive Allen Lew said improving Tasmania's mobile network was a priority for the telco.

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

Optus boosts Tasmanian mobile coverage with $42.2M investment

15 Aug 2018

Optus has built 37 new mobile sites across Tasmania in a $42.2 million investment over the last 12 months.

The 37 base stations represent a 25 per cent increase in the number of sites across the state and adding up to 151.

The investment is set to improve call quality and download speeds for mobile customers.


Seven stations were installed in Hobart and surrounding suburbs, five were installed in Devonport and surrounds, 10 were built in Launceston and surrounding areas and three along the East Coast.

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

Telstra tower proposal rankles Candelo neighbours

14 Aug 2018

A hand-drawn sign stuck to a telegraph pole is communicating a sense of distress among some Candelo residents.

Visionstream has lodged a development application with the Bega Valley Shire Council, on behalf of Telstra, to install a 20-metre tall mobile telecommunications tower on the corner of Reservoir and Togo St. The site is owned by BSVC and includes the town’s water tower.

According to the DA paperwork, existing telecommunications equipment attached to the water tower would be removed and replaced with a 20-metre tall monopole, with six panel antennas at the top. An existing Telstra equipment shelter would house electrical equipment associated with the facility.

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

Tarlo switches on mobile phone tower

14 Aug 2018

Communication in the Tarlo area will be a little easier thanks to the switch-on of a mobile phone tower on Friday.

The tower is jointly funded by the state and federal governments.

Hume MP Angus Taylor joined Member for Goulburn Pru Goward and Telstra representatives and Tarlo residents at the site.

Resident Geoff Ryan said communication was 200 per cent better than it had been.

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

Telstra, Superloop handed millions to improve connectivity for Western Australia farmers

13 Aug 2018

The Western Australian government has handed out grants to four technology providers to improve broadband connectivity for the state's agricultural sector to encourage farmers to take up digital farming technology.

The Digital Farm Grants program will hand out grants up to $500,000 on a matching contribution basis to cover the costs of improving connectivity for farms, with a total of $5 million up for grabs.

The program is aimed at regions outside the current or planned NBN fixed wireless and fixed line footprints to enable agricultural businesses to deploy technology like cloud-based data sharing within their businesses. The program also aims to improve mobile coverage for farms in low-population areas.

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

Internet providers opt for national reach

13 Aug 2018

Connect to more NBN points of interconnect.

More NBN retail providers are opting for national reach with “at least seven” access seeker groups acquiring services into 117 out of the 121 NBN points of interconnect.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said in its quarterly wholesale data release that this was “up from 95 POIs at the end of the March quarter.”

“All 121 POIs have at least six providers connected, including five providers (Telstra, Optus, TPG, Vocus and Aussie Broadband) who are connected at all POIs,” the ACCC said.

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

Kioloa Mobile tower switched on

11 Aug 2018

Residents of Kioloa, Bawley Point and Pretty Beach will now benefit from improved mobile coverage thanks to the switch on of a new mobile base station under the Coalition’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

Federal Member, Ann Sudmalis said “It is critically important to have another Gilmore mobile base station switched on and to see phone coverage expanding across the region.”

“I have been working together with my communities and service providers in identifying areas of need and improvement, and under the Coalition’s Program we have been able to co-fund this new base station.

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

Survey shows better coverage is needed

11 Aug 2018

Eyre Peninsula residents are frustrated by a lack of reliable internet coverage and speed, according to a telecommunications survey conducted by Regional Development Australia Whyalla Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP).

The organisation asked residents and businesses throughout Eyre Peninsula to help inform a federal government review into regional telecommunications.

In addition to a lack of reliable coverage and speeds, residents and businesses were concerned with issues related to the functionality of the National Broadband Network (NBN), with very few people aware of the Sky Muster Satellite service and others expressing doubts about its reliability, while the region also views itself as disconnected.

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

Telstra battling outage in Thredbo

09 Aug 2018

Telstra consumer and business customers are currently experiencing an internet and telephone services outage in Thredbo.

At 7:55am, a customer posted on Twiiter to report a Telstra outage in Thredbo Village, leading to the telecommunications giant to state that an outage page had a restoration time set for 9 August at 11am.

Meanwhile, Thredbo Resort's website has been unable to stream from its snow cameras and has a note on the top of the page warning customers that due to Telstra outage its eStore and Snow cams are temporarily down.

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

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