Regional coalition welcomes $220m in funding for bush communications

21 Mar 2019
InTheNews

Lobby group, the Regional, Rural and Remote Communication Coalition, has welcomed $220 million in funding for regional Australian communications, describing it as a win for bush communications across the country.

The funding allocation has been announced by the Australian Government as part of its response to the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review.

The RRRCC says an additional $160 million for two new rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program will be life-changing for the regional communities selected for funding, allowing them to access reliable communications on the go and in emergencies.

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Govt to spend $220m on mobile, co-fund NBN area switches

21 Mar 2019
NbnNews

Responds to regional telecommunications review.

The government has pledged to pump another $160 million into mobile carriers’ regional networks and could also co-fund some area switches in parts of Australia exclusively served by Sky Muster.

Handing down its official response to the regional telecommunications review today, the government said it would spend $220 million, consisting of two extra rounds of the mobile blackspots scheme ($160 million) and an extra $60 million targeted at areas predominantly served by NBN’s Sky Muster satellite service.

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$320M more goes into mobile blackspot program

21 Mar 2019
InTheNews

The Government's Mobile Blackspot Program will get an extra $320 million funding that will be divided in two equal funding rounds.

“Rounds 5 and 6 will have a strong focus on improving mobile coverage in our regions at Public Interest Premises which benefit the community such as medical facilities, schools and economic centres," said minister for regional services Bridget McKenzie.

McKenzie said that with government agencies moving more and more services online and growth in demand for data, further investment was necessary.

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Mannum, Karoonda, Tintinara, Bowhill, Wynarka get federal funding as MP Tony Pasin cris-crosses Murraylands, Mallee

21 Mar 2019
OptusNews

Better phone coverage, more barbecues and reliable power will be among the outcomes of a recent spending spree by the federal government.

MP Tony Pasin has been cris-crossing the Murraylands and Mallee over the past few weeks, passing on good news.
Karoonda

Funding for silo art and a main street upgrade at Karoonda was confirmed on February 26, part of the same drought program that will allow the construction of a child care hub behind the town's institute.

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Patrick wants Eyre Peninsula solutions

21 Mar 2019
InTheNews

Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick says he wants to highlight issues facing Eyre Peninsula communities in order to reach a resolution.

He recently toured the region, visiting Kimba, Wudinna, Streaky Bay and Elliston to talk issues affecting the towns with mayors, councillors and community members.

Topics including mobile black spots and internet coverage were on the agenda, with a main point of discussion relating to transport and the recent Viterra decision to utilise roads instead of the Eyre Peninsula Rail Network to haul grain.

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For sale: $1.2 billion 4G spectrum, still in the box - call David Teoh

21 Mar 2019
TpgNews

David Teoh’s TPG is a company in limbo - experiencing a sliding doors moment. In May, the competition regulator will decide which of these doors the telco can move through - either down the path of a merger with Vodafone or to a less palatable place which includes dealing with a $1.2 billion 4G spectrum white elephant.

Some of the value of this spectrum has been written down (by $92 million) but if we follow the piece of string that leads to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission successfully blocking the TPG/Vodafone merger, then TPG spectrum does not have $1.2 billion or even $1.1 billion of value.

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Switching on our 10,000th mobile network site in Toowoomba

21 Mar 2019
TelstraNews

We turned on our 10,000th mobile network site today in Toowoomba, Queensland. The site will not only provide better coverage to our customers in the area but it is also a milestone achievement for us; one that represents our commitment to offer connectivity to as many Australians as possible.

Telstra – then Telecom – launched 1G in Sydney back in 1987 with just 14 base stations. Today, the Telstra Mobile Network covers more than 2.5 million square kilometres – vastly more than any other mobile network in Australia – and offers coverage to 99.5 per cent of the Australian population.

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Remote and rural communities should be priorities in roll out of mobile base stations

21 Mar 2019
InTheNews

The federal government roll out of around 180 new mobile base stations in regional cities has been welcomed by the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA), but remote communities should be a priority in an effort to boost telecommunications infrastructure.

NRHA CEO Mark Diamond said this week’s announcement of new mobile base stations is good news for regional communities who require improved access to e-health services, but concerns remain for people living in the most isolated and remote parts of Australia.

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MBSP funds another 180 mobile base stations

21 Mar 2019
InTheNews

Under Round 4 of the Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP), another 180 new base stations will be established across regional Australia.

This includes 73 base stations specifically targeting coverage issues at public interest premises, such as health and emergency services facilities. A total of 1047 mobile base stations will be established across Australia under the program.

“Mobile coverage is an essential service and it is vitally important that Australians in rural and remote locations do not miss out,” said Minister for Regional Services Bridget McKenzie.

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Yarras west of Wauchope gets new mobile base station

21 Mar 2019
OptusNews

People living in Yarras, west of Wauchope are getting a new mobile base station.  It's one of 54 being delivered under round 4 of the Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot Program.

Minister for Regional Services Senator Bridget McKenzie says people in regional New South Wales will benefit from improved mobile coverage and more reliable communications under the program.

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