End Of November Update

02 Dec 2017

Optus continues its spectacular deployment rate with a further 41 new sites in the past fortnight, with all states apart from ACT getting in on the action. Most of these sites were rural based locations with 6 being small cell sites. Optus also managed to upgrade an additional 150 sites with the vast majority in mainland eastern states, 4G2100 was the main focus but a few rural areas got 4G1800.

Telstra continues to plod along with 12 new sites and a further 54 site upgrades. The new sites were mostly rural and the upgrades were mostly metro with 4G700 and 4G2600 continuing to be the main focus. Telstra also continue to propose many more 4G900 IOT sites as well.

Vodafone also added 12 new sites to their network this fortnight with an additional 37 site upgrades. As always with Vodafone most of the action is happening in metro areas and the main focus continues to be 4G2100 but there was a spattering of other bands also with some 4G850 towers still being deployed, no further 4G700 proposals either.

TPG is unchanged this fortnight.

NBN also added 7 new sites as well as 3 new site proposals, as well as 4 site upgrades and 11 proposals for site upgrades. Outer metro areas also continue to be the main focus now for new sites.

The low band 700mhz 4G gap between Optus and Telstra has decreased by 6 sites as Telstra seems unable to make a huge dint in Optus' lead, with Optus deploying new sites quicker than Telstra can upgrade existing ones. Optus is still ahead of Telstra in 4G700 by 1009 sites.

Better phone coverage on Gwydir Highway

16 Dec 2017

Telstra has opened a new phone tower between Glen Innes and Inverell. The company says the tower will markedly improve the access to phones and data both among residents of the Kings Plains and travelers on the Gwydir Highway.

Northern Tablelands MP, Adam Marshall, who cut the ribbon, said: “It’s a big deal because any time that we are building new phone towers is a darn good thing.

“But this is doubly good in that the emergency services have really been wanting a tower to be built.”

Ambulance and fire crews should now have easier communciation in emergencies in that region between Inverell and Glen Innes (where the wind farms are).

The tower between Glen Innes and Inverell fills in a ‘black hole’ in coverage.

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

Mobile coverage comes to Amata

15 Dec 2017

Mobile coverage has become a core component of life, but there are still communities across Australia that have limited or no mobile coverage.

Through the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, we’re bringing mobile coverage to 6 communities in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia through the construction of six new mobile base stations.

Last week, we switched on the first of these mobile base stations in Amata, South Australia, and headed out to the community to celebrate.

With a population of around 300, Amata sits approximately 250 kilometres west of the Stuart Highway and is just south of the Northern Territory/South Australia border.

It’s easy to underestimate how significant mobile coverage is to people in rural and remote Australia when you live in the metropolitan centres.

Amata is the definition of remote Australia – where supplies are delivered by truck and mail is delivered by air.

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

Switch flicked on mobile base station at Mundulla West

15 Dec 2017

Residents, businesses and visitors in Mundulla West are benefitting from new and improved mobile coverage on Australia’s largest mobile network, as Telstra’s rollout of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program picks up speed.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin and Telstra area general manager Mark Bolton were on hand to flick the switch on the new tower today.

“This is a significant moment for the community near Mundulla who join more than 250 locations across Australia who are now benefitting from more mobile coverage through Telstra’s delivery of the Mobile Black Spot Program,” Mr Bolton said.

“The new mobile base station at Mundulla West delivers Telstra’s 3G and state of the art 4GX mobile data services to the region for the first time.”

Mr Pasin was also excited at the improved service the tower would bring to residents, businesses and emergency services operators in the area.

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

Telstra pays $72.5M to tap into more mobile spectrum

15 Dec 2017

Optus, Vodafone, TPG and NBN Co also agreed to pay millions or new mobile lots

Telstra has agreed to cough up $72.5 million for additional mobile spectrum usage in Australia, as the country’s telco industry regulator completes its latest multi-band residual lots auction.

The latest mobile spectrum auction by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), saw previously unclaimed spectrum across a number of mobile bandwidth ranges snapped up by the country’s largest mobile carriers.

“There was good competition across the 1800 MHz, 2 GHz, 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands,” ACMA chair, Nerida O’Loughlin, said. “The additional spectrum will mean improved services and greater choice for consumers in those areas where lots have been allocated.”

As a result of the auction, Australia’s second-largest telco, Optus, has agreed to pay $6.5 million for its new mobile spectrum share, while Vodafone has allocated $7.2 million for its bid in the spectrum auction.

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

Telstra pays $50m for Brisbane 5G spectrum

15 Dec 2017

Emerges as major auction winner.

Telstra has paid $50 million at auction for a block of 3.4GHz spectrum in Brisbane, a clear sign of its build preparations for a 5G network.

The $50 million bid on a single lot accounted for over half of total takings from the so-called multiband spectrum auction run by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

The 3.4-3.7GHz bands are currently considered frontrunners in which to host 5G services and have been subject to industry haranguing during the year.

Telstra indicated in a statement that 5G was on its mind when it bid for the spectrum.

“We’re pleased with the outcome of the auction,” Telstra said.

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

Telstra hands Victorian MPs $1000 mobile phone booster as gift

14 Dec 2017

TELSTRA has been handing out gifts of $1000 mobile phone boosters for cars to Victoria’s politicians and farm leaders.

Recipients include Victorian Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford, Nationals MPs Danny O’Brien, Emma Kealy and Tim Bull, and Victorian Farmers Federation leaders.

And until this week, only Ms Pulford has declared receiving the gift of a Cel-Fi Go Car Kit from Telstra.

The gift raises questions about the Government’s relationship with Telstra, given Victorian taxpayers contributed $21 million to a joint bid with the telco for Federal blackspot funding to build ­mobile towers. Victoria also has a large number of multimillion-dollar contracts with Telstra.

The Members of Parliament (Register of Interests) Act 1978 states all MPs must disclose gifts worth more than $500 and that “a Minister shall ensure that no conflict exists, or appears to exist, between his public duty and his private interests”.

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

Calls for power boost for bushfire-risk phone towers heat up as SA swelters

14 Dec 2017

Soaring temperatures in South Australia have led to renewed calls for telecommunication providers nationwide to install extra backup power for phone towers in areas at risk of bushfires.

Strong winds and temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius led South Australia's Country Fire Service to issue severe and extreme fire danger warnings for many parts of the state on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The CFS has also released satellite imagery showing almost 100 per cent of grassland across SA is now dried out and at its most flammable level.

The high risk of fires has prompted Susanne Koen from Mylor in the Adelaide Hills to call on telecommunications companies to guarantee a minimum of 24 hours of emergency power for phone towers, so residents could receive warnings.

"It is a bit frustrating, we are on another total fire ban day and conditions are not good and everyone is on edge," she said.

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

New phone tower to open

13 Dec 2017

Telstra is to open a new phone tower between Glen Innes and Inverell with the aim of getting phone and data to the less populated area.

The company is not giving details ahead of a big publicity drive on Friday but it’s laid on a drone-based camera to provide spectacular pictures to the media.

There has been criticism of Telstra for the quality of its broadband in the area. The federal government launched a program called “Mobile Black Spot” to provide better phone data coverage in poorly served places.

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

Weddin Shire Council Survey

13 Dec 2017

Surveys of residents living in the Weddin Shire areas of Glenelg and Bumbaldry Mobile Black Spots are taking place.

If you live in these localities and have not received a letter in the mail relating to the survey, please contact the Economic Development Officer Auburn Carr on 02 6343 2855 or email at  [email protected] to arrange for one of the surveys to be posted to you.

Council strongly encourages all residents of these black spots to participate in the survey.

Survey responses will be assessed and used to inform and lobby State and Federal Governments and Mobile Network Operators for improved mobile services in the area.

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

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