Nominate a mobile phone black spot

15 Sep 2018
InTheNews

The Mobile Black Spot Program’s Database, responsible for fixing mobile dropout areas, is taking nominations from regional residents on problem areas near them. 

Residents are strongly encouraged to nominate mobile phone black spot locations in their area to help inform the roll-out of the next round of the $220 million program.

Federal Members of Parliament and local councils can make submissions on behalf of their constituents to the national mobile black spot database.

For more information on the program visit: www.communications.gov.au/mbsp 

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

RFNSA discussions

07 Sep 2018
OzTowersMonthly

Just got off the phone with a RFNSA representative, had a very constructive discussion. I believe we came to the understanding that we owe it to the community to come up with some arrangement where it would be beneficial for everyone involved. What form that will take will need to be worked out. But I will continue to keep everyone up to date.

 

UPDATE:

OzTowers needs your help, please have your say here.. What you say will be included in my submission to RFNSA.

UPDATE:

A submission has been sent to RFNSA.

 

‘Cancers, tumours’: Fears surround phone towers near homes

19 Sep 2018
InTheNews

There are concerns over health risks posed by new mobile phone towers being rolled out in residential areas in preparation for the launch of 5G.

With the new technology on its way, the federal government introduced legislation which allowed telecommunication companies the power to erect towers onto power poles without needing permission from local councils.

And given the electromagnetic field of a power pole device can reach up to 500 metres away, many are concerned about the potential health effects.

To continue reading the article: click here. (9news.com.au)

Telcos and its executives could face court over misleading advertisements

19 Sep 2018
InTheNews

The Australian consumer watchdog has warned telecommunications providers to keep their advertising clear and transparent or they could face court action.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chair Rod Sims said that "much higher" penalties are in play and executives who knowingly approve misleading advertisements could also face charges from the regulator.

ACCC started investigating Optus, Telstra and Vodafone's use of the word "unlimited" in their advertisements.

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

Wilsons Creek Telstra tower recommended for refusal

19 Sep 2018
TelstraNews

Byron Shire Council staff have recommended that a controversial application from Telstra to build a 4G mobile phone tower on Wilsons Creek Road be refused.

Wilsons Creek residents have been running a strong campaign against the tower, including launching a nationwide class action against Telstra, citing safety issues around electromagnetic radiation (EMR).

The DA proposed a mobile phone telecommunications facility including a 35-metre-high monopole, six antennae and ancillary equipment.

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

Telstra applies for permit for 35 metre mobile tower at Gunns Plains

19 Sep 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra plans to install a new 35 metre 4G cell tower in Preston Road, Gunns Plains.

The telecommunications giant has applied to the Central Coast Council for a permit to build the new tower on land owned by RMS Australian Forest Assets Pty Ltd at 1810 Preston Road. 

Telstra says the main reason for the proposal is the federal and state government-funded mobile black spot program. 

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

iPhone dual SIM is cool, but eSIM not activated until 'later this year'

17 Sep 2018
InTheNews

If you want to use two SIMs in your new iPhone XS, XS Max or XR, then unless you have a select Chinese model with two physical SIM slots, you'll need to wait for the eSIM to go live.

In Apple's keynote presentation this morning, which I keep repeating is an absolutely must-see event (as most keynotes from major companies actually end up being), Apple noted that China doesn't allow eSIMS, so the Chinese versions will have actual dual nano-SIM capability.

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

ACCC boss warns telcos against 1.5Mbps 'unlimited' services

17 Sep 2018
InTheNews

Threatens huge fines.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken a dim view of mobile telcos' "unlimited" data services that came partially impaired by a 1.5Mbps speed limit.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims today warned telcos against trying to launch similar products in future, noting it had investigated Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

Telstra and Vodafone's data plans were structured with a set amount of data quota offered at uncontended speeds, which were then throttled to 1.5Mbps for the remainder of the billing cycle.

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

Wimmera residents encouraged to report mobile blackspots for round four of National Mobile Black Spot Program

17 Sep 2018
InTheNews

WIMMERA residents experiencing mobile blackspot issues are encouraged to nominate locations for round four of the National Mobile Black Spot Program.

The federal government re-opened the mobile blackspot database last week for a four-week duration.

Residents are encouraged to make their coverage issues known to their local council and federal representatives.

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

Letter | Black spots are on radar – and we have to keep them there

17 Sep 2018
InTheNews

I WOULD like to thank those who participated in a petition addressing the lack of mobile phone service in our area. The petition received over 110 written submissions by August 2, which is a great result.

The petition was presented to Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee on August 2 at Oberon Council Chambers in the presence of mayor Kathy Sajowitz and council's general manager Gary Wallace.

Prior to the petition, Oberon Council was campaigning for the eradication of mobile black spots at Black Springs, Gingkin Valley, Tuglow, Jaunter, Mozart and Burraga.

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

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