Mid July Update

18 Jul 2018

Optus this fortnight is rolling out 4G2100 at an astonishing pace with 267 sites upgraded. Optus is taking the previously used 3G2100 spectrum and reassigning it to 4G, QLD and WA were the main focus with 116 and 88 respectively, VIC and NSW have received these upgrades recently but more have been proposed. Optus also managed 15 new sites with QLD and NSW receiving the bulk. Optus also announced its first batch of 5G3500 sites, and currently has 26 sites around Melbourne and Sydney.

Vodafone, like Optus is also reassigning spectrum but focusing on the 900mhz band going from 2G to 4G with their recent 2G switch off. Vodafone managed 103 site upgrades with 84 in VIC, Vodafone also managed 7 new sites all in metro areas.

Telstra managed 19 new sites with many in rural areas, QLD and NSW receiving the bulk with 7 and 6 respectively. Telstra is currently finalizing the first round of the blackspot program so expect many more sites getting activated over the remainder of the year. Telstra also managed to upgrade a further 65 sites with the bulk in NSW, Telstra’s focus remains 4G700 and 4G2600. Telstra also continues to make 5G site proposals.

TPG has added another 100 sites to its list of proposed sites. Although only 18 are showing up for this fortnight, many sites get delayed before they are published so that’s what accounts for the discrepancy.

NBN activated 5 sites and upgraded a further 10 with 12 more proposals for upgrade. This writer's fixed wireless NBN experience is deteriorating, I have rarely seen any speed above 30mb/s even at off-peak times and recently peek speeds have been dropping below 6mb/s. Aussie Broadband also removed my $11 discount without any notification, but given that I'm paying for 50mb/s, an $11 discount doesn’t even seem appropriate. 

The low band 700mhz 4G gap between Optus and Telstra has decrease by 27 sites as Telstra ramps up. Optus is only ahead of Telstra in 4G700 by 799 sites.

Coalition sounds gong for long-awaited new mobile coverage in Dulong

18 Jul 2018

Residents in and around Dulong, Queensland, are now duly celebrating long awaited "new and improved mobile coverage", and it's all "thanks to the Coalition Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program".

Federal Minister for Communications, Mitch Fifield joined the Federal Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien MP, for the launch of the upgraded base station in Dulong, with O'Brien stating three mobile base stations were being deployed in the electorate of Fairfax.

O'Brien added: “The Dulong base station is now switched on which means new and improved coverage for the region.

"Better connectivity will increase opportunities for local businesses to expand their customer base and a more reliable service means families can stay in touch more easily".

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

Telstra, Vodafone get a boost from 5G spectrum auction decision

17 Jul 2018

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield had to deal with some interesting tensions last week when he set out the framework for the auction of key 5G spectrum scheduled for October.

The most critical was to ensure that there was enough of the 3.6GHz spectrum made available to the major mobile telecommunications players for each of them to have the option of creating a viable 5G network and contributing to a competitive 5G environment.

A secondary objective would have been to maximise the price of a scarce asset that could generate up to, if not more than, $1 billion for the government.

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

Welcome reception for Optus upgrades

17 Jul 2018

Two Optus telecommunications facilities within the Schubert electorate will receive upgrades.

This month, Optus Mobile Pty Ltd confirmed the boosts at Government Road, Williamstown, and Willaston Lodge at Gawler Belt.

Both are part of a nationwide rollout of Optus enhancements to hundreds of existing sites.

“The works are part of a technology upgrade that Optus is undertaking which includes replacing and/or adding equipment inside equipment shelters,” Schubert MP Stephan Knoll said.

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

Optus wins right to build East Devonport mobile tower

17 Jul 2018

An Optus telecommunications tower for East Devonport has got the green light from the state planning appeals tribunal.

Optus Mobile Pty Ltd appealed the Devonport City Council’s April decision to turn down its application to build a 25 metre tall mobile tower.

On Monday, the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal advised the two parties that it had upheld the appeal and had set aside the council decision.

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

NBN speed standards emerge at top tiers

16 Jul 2018

Arms race appears over.

NBN Co’s retail service providers are starting to standardise their typical evening peak speeds at 46Mbps on the NBN50 tier and 80Mbps on the NBN100 tier.

iTnews’ latest analysis of the typical evening peak speeds reported by RSPs to comply with ACCC marketing guidelines shows a new series of movements in advertised speeds.

NBN Co’s new bundled price construct, which includes an above-average amount of connectivity virtual circuit bandwidth per user, is clearly having an impact on typical speeds.

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

NBN Co sale may not have expected effect, says TransACT architect

16 Jul 2018

The privatisation of NBN Co sometime in the future may well end up creating a similar situation like that in the 1990s, when the introduction of new players like Optus and the privatisation of Telstra did not bring about the level of investment needed to keep Australia's infrastructure in pace with growing digital needs, especially in regional areas, a network expert says.

Robin Eckermann, who led the creation of TransACT and served as its chief architect during the 2000-2003 network rollout, said on Monday that the government's creation of NBN Co to lead the implementation of upgraded network infrastructure could, in some ways, be seen as an admission that the strategy implemented in the 1990s had failed.

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

Telstra, Ericsson and Intel's first 'end-to-end' 5G data call on 3.5Ghz spectrum on Australia's Gold Coast

16 Jul 2018

The first "end-to-end multi-vendor non-standalone (NSA) 3GPP 5G commercial network data call over licensed 3.5GHz spectrum" has been made at Telstra 5G Innovation Centre on Australia's Gold Coast, billed as the first "true" 5G call in a real world environment.

Ericsson, Telstra and Intel say they have "successfully completed the first end-to-end 5G non-standalone (NSA) 3GPP data call on a commercial mobile network at Telstra’s 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast Australia in a multivendor setup".

With this achievement, the companies have taken 5G out of the lab and into a real-world mobile network environment.

What, however, is a "non-standalone NSA" call?

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

Govt sets buyer limits for 5G spectrum

14 Jul 2018

Auction to start later this year.

Australia’s mobile telcos hoping for a slice of prime 5G spectrum will have their existing holdings assessed to determine how much extra they can own.

Much like the 700MHz and 2.5GHz digital dividend spectrum auctions for 4G, telcos will be limited in how much 3.6GHz spectrum they can own for forthcoming 5G services.

In preparation for an auction due to begin in late October, communications minister Mitch Fifield directed the Australian Communications and Media Authority “to impose allocation limits of 60 MHz in metropolitan areas and 80 MHz in regional areas.”

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

Telstra turns on LTE broadcast technology

14 Jul 2018

LTE-B minimises network load of popular, bandwidth-intensive real-time video content

Telstra has turned on LTE broadcast (LTE-B) technology throughout its network, enabling real-time data to be multicast to all users on a cell site instead of each user requiring a separate stream.

The main purpose of the technology is to minimise the network load of popular, bandwidth-intensive real-time video content, but it can also be used to distribute software updates, and for preloading of video content for later viewing.

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

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