Optus shells out $23.6m for 40 new towers in South Australia

17 Nov 2018

Optus has revealed it has made an additional investment of $23.6 million into its South Australian network towards the building of 40 new towers in the state.

The new sites will spread from Kangaroo Island up to Eyre Peninsula, covering major transport corridors, tourist areas and regional towns. The new sites will also include a further six federal and state government Mobile Black Spots.

The investment builds on a previous $45 million made in the last 12 months.

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New Optus towers to be installed on West Coast

17 Nov 2018

Optus has announced it will invest $23.6 million into its South Australian network by building more than 40 new sites, including on Eyre Peninsula, by the end of March 2019 to improve network coverage and provide faster download speeds for customers.

Included among the 43 planned towers are sites east of Ceduna at Kongwirra and Puntabie. 

Ceduna District Council chief executive officer Geoff Moffatt said this would be a boost for the region.

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Tatiara sites included in Optus upgrade

17 Nov 2018

Two Tatiara towns are among more than 40 South Australian sites to be included in a $23.6 million upgrade investment by Optus.

Wolseley and Tintinara East will have new towers built in a project to improve network coverage and faster download speeds for customers by March, 2019.

This builds on a $45 million investment by Optus across South Australia in the last 12 months.

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New phone towers expand coverage

17 Nov 2018

Travellers heading north from Carnarvon have improved mobile phone coverage thanks to six new mobile base stations along the coastal region.

Regional general manager Boyd Brown said the new towers would deliver mobile coverage along a 200km stretch from Carnarvon to Warroora, providing a service for communities and motorists on nearby roads. The new mobile base stations include sites at Inggarda, Boolathana, Point Quobba, Cape Cuvier, Minilya and Warroora.

“This is one of the biggest activations of mobile coverage that we’ve undertaken at one time in Western Australia,” Mr Brown said.

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Blackstone Heights phone tower development application lodged

17 Nov 2018

A development application for a mobile phone tower at Blackstone Heights has been lodged with the Meander Valley Council.

Zenith Court has been selected as the “most appropriate” site of the five locations that Telstra examined for the tower, the development application said.

Blackstone Heights community members, including residents of Zenith Court, strongly advocated against the tower being built so close to their houses.

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Tower dials up resident anger

17 Nov 2018

Hoppers Crossing residents have expressed their dismay at plans for a phone tower at Hoppers Crossing Reserve on Morris Road.

They are calling on Wyndham council and the telecommunication provider to consider alternative locations for the tower.

In August, Wyndham council called on the community to have its say on the proposed Vodafone and Optus towers along Clearwood Drive, Truganina; Howqua Way, Manor Lakes; McGrath Road, Werribee; Jamieson Way, Point Cook; Morris Road, Hoppers Crossing; Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook; and Station Street, Little River.

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Planhacker: The Best NBN Plans Under $80

17 Nov 2018

You may not have noticed it, the information can be hard to find, but more NBN RSPs now publish average evening speed data on their websites, so we can finally see the difference in performance between the cheap plans and the expensive ones.

The pattern that's emerging is that both the budget and premium providers report average speeds of about 80-percent of the maximum for each speed tier. So, 80Mbps for NBN Premium services, 40Mbps for Standard Plus, and so on. The performance-focused outliers, like Aussie Broadband and MATE, regularly deliver speeds of about 90-percent of the tier maximum.

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Intel will launch 5G modem next year

15 Nov 2018

Intel has revealed it is bringing forward the launch of its 5G modem.

The hardware giant has announced the XMM 8160 5G multimode modem, which will be ready six months earlier than initially thought, as it faces increased competition to be the power behind the next-generation networks.

The modem will allow manufacturers of PCs, smartphones and tablets to get their devices ready for 5G ahead of the expected 2020 worldwide launch. Intel says it will support download speeds of up to 6GBps - enough to download a full HD movie in the blink of an eye.

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Optus switches on new mobile tower in Bendigo region

14 Nov 2018

Optus has switched on a new mobile tower at Jackass Flat in the Bendigo region to address a known black spot identified by the community.

The company's general manager for North West Victoria, Luke Dietz, said in a statement: "The site will not only improve coverage for those in Jackass Flat, but also provide new and improved coverage for those residents in Canterbury Estate and the new Evergreen Waters Estate.

“Optus remains committed to providing fast and reliable mobile and internet coverage across Bendigo."

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New NBN satellite service to support ‘bursting’, some unmetered services

13 Nov 2018

NBN Co is preparing to launch a family of new satellite services that will potentially support burst speeds in excess of the base 25 megabits per second download speed.

The new Sky Muster Plus services will also be more liberal when it comes to data allowances, with NBN Co revealing that it would not count the use of “essential Internet services” towards a monthly downloads cap.

Examples of “essential” services offered by NBN Co included email, Internet banking, web browsing and critical software updates. Streaming video and online gaming are two activities the company said would continue to be shaped if a household’s data quota is exceeded.

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