Mid November Update

17 Nov 2017
OzTowers

Optus is just on fire, Activating a stunning 45 sites in the past fortnight, with 13 in VIC and 10 in NT. The sites in NT and remote SA are all small cell sites with satellite backhaul although offering limited range can cover a very small town quite well. Optus also managed to upgrade a further 93 sites with 4G2100 being mostly deployed however a few sites also got other bands including 4G700 as well as 4G1800 in TAS.

Telstra managed 10 new sites as well as 48 site upgrades, the new sites were mostly rural and the upgrades continued Telstra’s 4G700 rollout along with some 4G2600. Telstra continues to propose 4G900 upgrades adding to their IOT network utilising the spectrum it freed after the 2G switch off. 

Vodafone appears to be taking another breather with only 4 new sites and 16 site upgrades. The upgrades contained mostly 4G850 and 4G2100 with Vodafone also proposing many more 4G2100 upgrades as well. It appears Vodafone will focus on completing their 4G2100 rollout before moving onto 4G700 as they have not proposed any more of those.

TPG added one more proposal in ACT bringing their proposed site count up to 25. So far ACT, VIC and NSW are the only states. I believe their intention is to switch on ACT first.

NBN has also been busy with 13 new sites as well as 3 new site proposals, as well as 5 site upgrades. Outer metro areas are clearly becoming the main focus with a few straggling rural sites in the mix.

The low band 700mhz 4G gap between Optus and Telstra has increased by 13 sites as Optus adds a boat load of new sites to is network. Optus is still ahead of Telstra in 4G700 by 1015 sites.

Black Rock traders say bad mobile data and EFTPOS connectivity is killing their businesses

18 Nov 2017
TelstraNews

Angry Black Rock Village traders say their suburb is fast becoming a black spot, after lengthy problems with Telstra.

Many business owners and residents using mobile data and mobile EFTPOS have been left with no, or just one bar, of coverage.

Telstra reportedly told locals they couldn’t fix the problem until October next year — but after the Leader made inquiries on November 16, Telstra have promised to rectify it within weeks.

In a November 17 statement to Bayside Leader, Telstra area general manager Loretta Willaton also apologised for the disruption.

“We are currently conducting maintenance on the infrastructure supporting Black Rock Village and expect this to be complete in the coming weeks,” she said.

“We thank customers for their patience.”

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

Annoyed that your phone won’t work on VoLTE or VoWIFI on other carriers? GSMA is, and they’re working on an answer

18 Nov 2017
InTheNews

The increasing availability of high quality LTE (Long Term Evolution) networks brings the promise of much better technologies, and Voice over LTE and Voice over WiFi are just two of those. Unfortunately, if you’re someone that actually enjoys these technologies, you may be aware just how difficult it is to actually get them to work.


Why doesn’t VoLTE and VoWiFi just work?
In short, for your phone to access and utilise a carrier’s VoLTE or VoWiFi systems, it has to know quite a few settings. It isn’t just as simple as setting up an APN anymore, something which is mostly redundant because the carrier’s APNs are baked in to most modern phones these days.

There’s no centralised database of these settings and this makes it a bit harder to get your phone working on a carrier’s VoLTE or VoWiFi systems. The nature of these systems  means that device makers and carriers have to collaborate to test and certify phones before these advanced networking features are available. In short, this means that unless you buy a phone from a carrier, you can almost guarantee that VoLTE and VoWiFi won’t work.

To continue reading the article: click here. (ausdroid.net)

No tower for us

17 Nov 2017
OptusNews

The Benalla area has again been overlooked for improved mobile phone coverage.

The Victorian Government is partnering with Optus to build 25 mobile towers throughout regional Victoria providing 5000 households and businesses with coverage.

However, none of those will be in the Benalla area despite recent surveys concluding that there are at least 17 local black-spots where no signal can be received.

In a best-case scenario the lack of a phone signal can be annoying, however, with a severe fire season being predicted in some cases it could cost lives.

Victorian Innovation and the Digital Economy Minister Phillip Dalidakis said the state government had invested almost $31 million to address mobile connectivity across the state.

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

Optus launches 20 new mobile sites across NT

16 Nov 2017
OptusNews

Optus has launched 20 new mobile sites in the Northern Territory, across regional and remote areas.

The telco said each site would use its satellite infrastructure and small cell technology so that fast deployment was made possible.

The 20 sites are funded by Optus and the territory and federal governments, through the latter's Mobile Black Spot Programme.

The sites are:

Optus standalone network investment programme:

TI Tree, Elliott, Aileron Roadhouse, Renner Springs, Curtin Springs, Erldunda, 3 Ways, Wycliffe Well, Daly Waters, Barkly Homestead, Wauchope Hotel, Barrow Creek.

Federal Government Mobile Black Spot programme:

Gem Tree, Devils Marbles Hotel, Kings Creek Station, Kings Canyon Resort, Stuarts Well Road House, Mary River Road House, Victoria River Road House, Cape Crawford.

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

Survey to find mobile demand

16 Nov 2017
InTheNews

From the centre of many of our villages to portions of the Mid-western highway, mobile coverage in parts of the Blayney Shire is less than perfect, and Blayney Shire Council wants residents to help build a case for having them improved.

General manager of Blayney Shire Council, Rebecca Ryan, said that in order to present the mobile network operators and government with a decent business case, they need a better idea of what the demand is. 

“There are areas that we know are problematic as reported by the local village committees, progress associations or the RFS,” Ms Ryan said, “but we need to show the mobile operators the demand for the use of mobile technology for business, farming and recreational purposes across the area.”

As locals we already know of many of the black spots, and when to leave the phone in the car, but for tourists, Blayney mayor Scott Ferguson said, the lack of connectivity can be a frustrating and dispiriting experience.

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

Mount Chalmers: Telstra delivers 50th black spot site

16 Nov 2017
TelstraNews

TELSTRA’s rollout of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP) has reached a significant milestone in Queensland.

The former gold mining town Mount Chalmers, north of Rockhampton, is home to Queensland’s 50th black spot site deployed by Telstra under the MBSP.

Telstra area general manager Rachel Cliffe said it was a significant moment for the Mt Chalmers community and for Queensland.

“We have now rolled out 50 new mobile stations in this state and they are among more than 200 locations across Australia who are now benefitting from more mobile coverage through Telstra’s delivery of the Mobile Black Spot Program,” Ms Cliffe said.

“The new mobile base station at Mt Chalmers delivers Telstra’s 3G and state of the art 4GX mobile data services to the region for the first time.

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

Telstra fixes notorious CQ phone blackspot

15 Nov 2017
TelstraNews

A NOTORIOUS Mount Chalmers blackspot is no more following a milestone move from Telstra.

The township has benefited as round one of the telecommunications giant's black spot program sweeps the country.

Federal MP for Capricornia, Michelle Landry has fought for better communications in the region since her election in 2013.

She said the completion of the new tower was great news for the township as well as the thousand plus vehicles that travel through the area each day.

"This base station will address a known black spot that Livingstone Shire Council estimates affects approximately 114 occupied properties in the area, comprising of farming, grazing and residential homes,” Ms Landry said yesterday.

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

Telstra base station connects APY Lands to the digital world

15 Nov 2017
TelstraNews

ONE of the most remote parts of South Australia and the nation is now fully connected to the digital world, following the installation of a Telstra base station at the tiny Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands settlement of Amata.

The town of around 300 people, 1400km from Adelaide and 723 from Uluru, now has both 3G and 4G mobile-device coverage through the conversion of a 1990s-built tower originally designed to provide basic telephone services via radio link.

Amata is the first of six APY sites to receive the infrastructure under the Federal Government’s mobile black spot program, under which Telstra is installing 577 remote-area base stations around the nation at a cost of $229 million.

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

Mobile phone tower installed at Goolma

15 Nov 2017
TelstraNews

The 200-person village of Goolma is soon be connected with the rest of the world following the construction of a much-needed mobile phone tower.

Construction of the tower 40 kilometres north-west of Wellington began mid-October and is funded under Round 1 of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, said testing of the Goolma mobile phone tower is currently being conducted by Telstra and will be switched on soon.

“Goolma tower is one of the 499 new and improved base stations identified as part of Round 1, which are delivering new and improved coverage to 25,500 homes and businesses across 68,600 sq km of handheld coverage and 5700 kilometres of major transport route coverage across Australia,” Mr Gee said.

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

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