600 Mobile Phone Base Stations now live across Australia

15 Oct 2018

More than 600 regional mobile base stations are now live across Australia thanks to the Liberals and Nationals Mobile Black Spot Funding Program. The significance of this program was marked at the new base station at Diamond Tree in Western Australia, formally opened today by Minister for Regional Services and Deputy Nationals’ Leader Senator Bridget McKenzie and Nationals’ Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.

With the fourth round of the $220 million program opening on Monday, Senator McKenzie said it was a chance to reflect on the impact The Nationals’ cornerstone policy has made across Australia.

“It would be hard to overstate just how critical digital infrastructure is to regional Australia and its future,” Senator McKenzie said.

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Bridgewater's mobile black spots prove problematic; Inglewood needs better transport options

13 Oct 2018

Dave Edwards has a favourite spot in his yard for making calls and sending messages. 

The problem is, he can’t be there all the time.

For years Mr Edwards, and many others in Bridgewater, have battled intermittent mobile service.

“Sometimes it can take 20 minutes to send a picture message,” said Mr Edwards, owner of a local farmware store.

Other examples include a swathe of missed call notifications on his phone when he reaches a spot with reception.

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Purcell seeks mobile blackspots for new towers

13 Oct 2018

INDEPENDENT Upper House MP for Western Victoria James Purcell is seeking community input to create a list of new mobile phone towers for the state’s south-west ahead of a visit from Victorian Minister for Trade and Investment Philip Dalidakis.

Mr Purcell invited Mr Dalidakis last month to come to the region to meet with the community and emergency services to discuss new tower options.

The minister’s visit will take place on Thursday next week.

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Mobile reception blackspots nominated for program

13 Oct 2018

 TWO priority locations in the South Burnett will be nominated under the next round of the Federal Government's Mobile Blackspot Program.

South Burnett Regional Council will nominate Mount Mowbullun, at the Bunya Mountains, and Boondooma, in round four of the program which targets areas of poor mobile phone reception.

These were identified as priorities under the national database of reported blackspot locations.

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Optus switches on new mobile tower in Tathra

13 Oct 2018

Singtel Optus has switched on a new mobile tower in Tathra, on the Sapphire Coast in NSW, giving residents 4G mobile coverage.

A statement from the telco said the tower, co-located on an NBN Co tower on Thomson Drive, would help the locals have a competitive telecommunications alternative.

“It’s important Optus customers in regional and rural Australia have access to reliable mobile reception," Karin Wilcox, Optus’ Regional Manager for the Riverina, said.

"The devastating bushfires earlier this year have highlighted the importance of mobile coverage in regional Australia and we are confident that this new Optus site will play a key role in further supporting services in the area."

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NBN gigabit connections will remain mostly a pipe dream

13 Oct 2018

The CVC costs set by the NBN Co make it very difficult for ISPs to offer gigabit connections to more than a select band of customers who are willing to sign up in numbers and pay slightly more than other speed tiers, according to one ISP who caters to this type of consumer.

Damian Ivereigh, chief executive of Launtel, a Launceston-based ISP, said his was probably the only company which would sell a gigabit connection over the NBN at the moment – and only in Tasmania at the moment.

"I believe that we are one of the reasons why Tasmania has a higher than average number of FttP upgrades going on, because you can get gigabit here," Ivereigh told iTWire in response to queries.

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Stuart Robert pays back $38,000 in excessive home internet charges

13 Oct 2018

Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert says he has repaid $37,975 of "excess usage charges" in home internet bills footed by taxpayers.

Fairfax Media revealed last week that Mr Robert, who has only recently returned to the ministry, had been charging the government more than $2000 per month for internet at his Gold Coast home, 20 times the average claimed by politicians.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison immediately announced the government would investigate the expense claims, and Mr Robert's office said the Fadden MP would pay back "over $20,000" of data costs.

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100Mbps fixed wireless: NBN Co forecast fewer than 6000 users

08 Oct 2018

NBN Co says that its forecasts showed that only around 5600 households and businesses would take advantage of its planned but now cancelled 100/400 megabits per second fixed wireless service.

The network wholesaler had intended to launch a 100Mbps wireless product in early 2018. In May, however, then-CEO Bill Morrow revealed that NBN Co had scrapped the idea. Morrow said that NBN Co had concluded the cost of offering the speed tier would be “outrageous”.

In a written response to questions from a parliamentary inquiry, NBN Co has indicated that by 2022 it had forecast a less than 1.4 per cent take-up rate of the 100Mbps option among fixed wireless users.

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Full 5G implementation at least two years away, says Ruckus chief

08 Oct 2018

Despite all the hype about 5G at the moment, a full implementation of the technology specification is at least two years away, according to Carl Jefferys, ANZ country manager for Ruckus Wireless.

Asked what would be the earliest when there would be a 5G implementation that offered all the benefits of the technology, Jefferys said: " While we've seen carriers using the technology to demonstrate blistering data speeds in almost laboratory conditions, a full implementation of the specification is still at least two years away.

"The reality is that the full suite of specifications are still incomplete, and this takes time."

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Update: Some Optus services are down in Mudgee, here’s why

08 Oct 2018

Mudgee residents have been reporting issues connecting to some Optus services.

This is mostly due to planned work Optus is conducting in the area.

According to the Optus website, the planned work affects internet and email access for users and is scheduled between October 3 and 9.

Here’s the statement from their website:

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