Mid June Update

19 Jun 2018

Despite Optus' soccer woes, their mobile network appears to be going from strength to strength with a whopping 41 new sites activated in the past fortnight. Optus also managed 77 site upgrades with 4G2100 being the major focus, both new and upgraded sites were located all over Australia with rural areas getting a lot of benefit as well.

Whilst the network outages continue for Telstra, they did manage 23 new sites we well as 55 site upgrades. Upgrades were focused in or around metro areas with 4G2600 being a focus as well as some further 5G proposals.

Vodafone although less exciting, managed 5 new sites as well as 51 site upgrades. Now that 2G has been switched off for Vodafone 900mhz is now the focus re-farming the spectrum to 4G.

TPG now adds Brisbane to its list of cities with 37 site proposals. TPG now has over 450 site proposals with Melbourne and Sydney continuing to receive proposals.

NBN continues to disappoint as we found out the minimum of 25 Mbit/s is actually 3 Mbit/s for fixed wireless and if you do the math, satellite will eventually become 0.35 Mbit/s as its loaded up. So, its 2018, and we are talking sub ADSL1 and Dialup speeds? Talk about a bait and switch, oh yeah, we will give you 100 Mbit/s, but we only designed the system for 3 Mbit/s, however since we love you all so much we'll throw you a bone and give you 6 Mbit/s and be thankful you are even getting that you ungrateful greedy gamers!!! Only in Australia could something so pitiful transpire in such a way! So, while we are still getting our ^&*) together our worldly neighbours are out competing us at every level! NBN activated 6 sites and upgraded 3 for those who still care.

The low band 700mhz 4G gap between Optus and Telstra has increased by 3 sites as Optus deploys new sites faster than Telstra can upgrade theirs. Optus is now ahead of Telstra in 4G700 by 829 sites.

Huawei hits back as exclusion from Aussie 5G rollouts looms

21 Jun 2018

Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Technologies has gone on the offensive against Australian claims it poses a security risk, issuing an open letter to the government saying that view was “ill-informed”.

There has been much speculation about Huawei in recent weeks, as Australia prepares for the rollout of 5G mobile telecommunications technology by the country's major telcos, with local media reporting the country's spy agencies have advised against including the company in the deployment of the networks. 

Australia, like the United States, worries Huawei is de facto controlled by China, raising fears that sensitive infrastructure will fall into the hands of Beijing.

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Budget delivers for rural, regional people: NSW Farmers

20 Jun 2018

The NSW Farmers’ Association has commended the NSW government for “a budget that has delivered for regional and rural communities, in challenging times due to drought conditions across most of the state”.

President Derek Schoen said the association had worked closely with the government to establish the parameters of the $250 million Farm Innovation Fund.

“The fund is a welcome and sensible way to assist farmers, regional communities and the broader agricultural sector through this time of drought, while maintaining productivity and sustainability,” Mr Schoen said.

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Mallee MP Andrew Broad welcomes $25 million allocation to fourth Mobile Black Spot Program round

20 Jun 2018

MEMBER for Mallee Andrew Broad has welcomed the federal government’s allocation of $25 million to a fourth Mobile Black Spot Program round.

In previous rounds, the electorate of Mallee has been successful with a total of 27 new or upgraded base stations across the region.

Mr Broad hoped this round would invite more coverage to the region’s communities. 

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Telstra wholesale mobile customers hit by vendor platform issue

20 Jun 2018

The 3G and 4G services provided by some of Telstra’s wholesale mobile network customers were disrupted on 19 June due to a “vendor platform error”.

As reported by News Corp Australia, the disruptions saw mobile internet and voice services affected in a number of cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.   

While Telstra’s mobile services have been hit by a number of network issues recently, a spokesperson for the telco stressed that the latest disruptions were not caused by its own network, but rather due to a third party issue.

“There is no issue with Telstra’s 3G and 4G network,” the spokesperson told ARN. “There was a vendor platform issue that impacted mobile virtual network operating services for a small number of wholesale customers.

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Telstra hit by another mobile phone outage

19 Jun 2018

TELSTRA customers are facing yet another mobile phone outage amid reports the company’s 3G and 4G networks are struggling to connect users in almost all Australian capitals.

Both internet access and mobile phone calls are affected in the widespread outages across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide, and Darwin, with Telstra reporting that services are either “interrupted” or “intermittent”.

Many users have turned to social media and AussieOutages to complain about the latest Telstra connection problems, with some reporting they can only make SOS calls and others unable to use their smartphones since late on Monday night.

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Top tier NBN uptake continues to grow

19 Jun 2018

The sales of higher-speed wholesale National Broadband Network (NBN) services continue to grow, according to NBN Co’s latest figures, but fixed-line network congestion also appears to be on the rise.

NBN Co’s monthly progress update for May, released on 18 June, indicate that more end users are switching to faster NBN retail plans, with about 70 per cent of new orders on the network now based on wholesale speeds tiers of 50 Mbps (download) or higher.

Since December 2017, orders for wholesale speed tiers of 50 Mbps or higher have almost tripled, increasing from 16 per cent to 44 per cent in May, according to the company behind the NBN rollout.

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Mobile black spot program taps into tourists’ needs

19 Jun 2018

DOZENS of mobile black spots will be eradicated in the $25 million fourth round of the national program.

Regional Communications Minister Bridget McKenzie told The Weekly Times the Federal Government aimed to boost the number of mobile base stations from 870 to 1000.

“It’s not just a matter of making a simple phone call — having a proper standard of connectivity is essential for the agricultural sector,” Senator McKenzie said.

“Tourism is also an important part of this roll-out.

“Seasonal issues experienced in places like Anglesea and Bright will be examined, to assess issues around topography and demand at certain times of the year.”

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New NBN bush congestion target leaves evening TV streams short of full HD

15 Jun 2018

While TV manufacturers push ever-crisper displays and lavish cinema lands on Netflix, regional Australians face the prospect of "pixelated" evening video streams for the foreseeable future.

NBN Co has increased its minimum speed target for its fixed wireless network this year to deliver 6Mbps download speeds during evenings, up from 3Mbps previously.

But regional Australians experiencing connection speeds at or slightly above this threshold will be unlikely to enjoy sharp pictures on Foxtel or Stan, based on speeds required by major streaming providers:

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Telstra edges closer to 2Gbps peak speeds for 4G

15 Jun 2018

Starts new tests with prototype device.

Telstra is set to bring 2Gbps theoretical peak speeds to “high traffic” portions of its LTE network later this year.

The telco first launched gigabit speeds on 4G in CBD zones in early 2017, and is now hoping to double that to 2Gbps over LTE.

Group managing director of networks Mike Wright said the telco had started tests overnight in an Ericsson lab in Sweden “with a prototype commercial device”.

The tests followed an earlier demonstration of the technology at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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