Mid April Update

17 Apr 2018
OzTowersMonthly

The Blackspot Priority Locations round has been announced and locations can now be found under the "BlackSpot" menu here on OzTowers. Please note however that exact tower locations have not yet been released so the map only shows a rough guesstimation and should only be used as a guide. Locations will be updated as more information becomes available.

Not to be outdone by Vodafone, Optus appears to be ramping up again with 33 new sites, 15 of those on the Gold Coast and likely active for some weeks prior to the commonwealth games.  Optus continues with their 4G2100 and 4G1800 rollouts with 90 upgraded sites along with proposals for over 100 more.

Telstra appears to be ramping up its Blackspot rollout with a further 15 new sites now activated this fortnight with many being blackspot related. Telstra also managed to upgrade a further 44 sites with 4G2600 and 4G700 continuing to be the main focus.

Vodafone, taking a bit of a breather managed only 1 new site and 56 site upgrades. 44 of those upgrades were in metro Melbourne and consisted exclusively of NB-IOT 900Mhz.

TPG continues to roll out its new network with another 30 proposals 11 around Sydney from the CBD to out around Homebush, and another 19 located both north and south of Melbourne’s CBD.

NBN also activated 10 new sites around the country, with 7 site upgrades, and 1 new site proposal also reported.

The low band 700mhz 4G gap between Optus and Telstra has decreased by 6 sites. Optus is still ahead of Telstra in 4G700 by 844 sites.

Residents left disconnected

19 Apr 2018
TelstraNews

Residents on the north side of Strathbogie Shire were left without mobile phone and internet access for more than 24 hours up to yesterday afternoon.

Monday’s outage covered a wide area including Marraweeney, Boho South, Gooram, Kithbrook and Strathbogie with Facebook users posting about difficulties further afield. ‘‘Euroa was really bad today,’’ Facebook user Karen Malloch said.

Residents asked Telstra for an explanation and talked of the frustration for small business operators.

Telstra area general manager Steve Tinker said there was damage to the fibre optic cable.

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

Village, highway get needed mobile boost from new tower

19 Apr 2018
TelstraNews

Ballimore residents are benefiting from improved mobile coverage, following the installation of a new mobile base station.

The 40 metre tower is 25 kilometres east of Dubbo and will provide new coverage for almost five kilometres along the Golden Highway.

The Telstra tower is part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

It was a significant moment for the Ballimore community, Telstra area general manager Mike Marom said.

“The new mobile base station at Ballimore delivers Telstra’s 3G and state of the art 4GX mobile data services to the area for the first time,” Mr Marom said.

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

Vic govt fixes mobile blackspots on regional trains

18 Apr 2018
InTheNews

In partnership with the major telcos.

The Victorian government expects to eliminate blackspots on the state’s five busiest regional rail corridors by the end the year after fitting its first trains with mobile signal boosters.

The $18 million regional rail connectivity project (RRCP) is aimed at improving mobile coverage for passengers along the Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon, and Seymour rail lines.

It will see V/Line’s entire fleet of Vlocity trains fitted with mobile signal repeaters, following a successful trial of the in-train technology last year.

Thirty-five new mobile towers are also being constructed in partnership with Telstra, Vodafone and Optus to increase coverage in tandem with the boosters.

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

Telstra mobile base stations boost region's connectivity

18 Apr 2018
TelstraNews

TWO new Telstra mobile base stations at Ravensbourne and Doctor Creek have boosted coverage for residents.

The stations were funded by the Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot program and will boost and improve mobile coverage.

Telstra area general manager Darren Clark said the stations coming online was a "significant moment" for Ravensbourne and Doctor Creek residents.

"The new mobile base station at Ravensbourne and on Haden Maclagan Road at Doctor Creek delivers Telstra's 3G and state-of-the-art 4GX mobile data services to the region for the first time," he said.

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

Mobile blackspots: No signal and little progress

18 Apr 2018
InTheNews

MOBILE blackspots are putting lives at risk, according to the Victorian Farmers Federation.

VFF vice-president Brett Hosking said there were still unmarked blackspot areas with no guarantee of government help in the near future.

“Every rural community will tell you about them, because every rural community knows about them,” Mr Hosking said.

“If every workplace deserves telecommunications, then for a farmer their workplace is in the paddock.”

State and federal governments have promised to fix more mobile blackspots, but farmers continue to be caught out, unable to call for help when injured or in danger.

In October, South Gippsland farmer Rodney Donat broke his neck in a farming accident and was forced to ride a motorbike back to his house to call an ambulance.

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

Gunbower is left in the black(spot)

17 Apr 2018
TelstraNews

THE Victorian Government has axed its contribution to a program aimed at fixing mobile blackspots despite pleas for better services from the Gunbower community.

The Federal Government’s $220 million mobile blackspot program is fixing problems with mobile phone coverage for thousands of regional Victorians.

The Commonwealth announced the program’s latest milestones today, including installation of a Telstra Macro Base Station at Gunbower.

Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the Federal Government’s Program will build confidence in the Gunbower community.

“Better mobile phone coverage means it’s easier to do business, keep in touch with family and friends and stay up-to-date on current events that impact our lives every day,” Mr Walsh said.

“Despite the positive progress from the Commonwealth, the Andrews Labor Government has shamefully refused to contribute to the latest round of improvements.

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

Optus rumoured to close Virgin Mobile in Australia

16 Apr 2018
OptusNews

MVNOs are very popular in Australia with many users opting for the resellers’ cheaper prices for phone and data access. One such MVNO is Virgin Mobile, previously jointly owned by Optus and Virgin Mobile UK but now wholly owned by Optus after they bought out Richard Branson’s share in 2006. Now, The Australian is reporting that the MVNO will be no more.

The Australian believes that Optus is getting ready to shutter Virgin Mobile Australia and migrate all users over to Optus — those customers ready are, in effect, Optus customers, except in name. In the process Optus, will no longer have to pay branding licence fees to Virgin Mobile.

When queried about the story, Virgin Australia PR directed our enquiry to Optus, which leads us to believe there’s something in this story. For their part, an Optus spokesperson told Ausdroid:

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

NBN Co has 'under 500' congested fixed wireless cells

16 Apr 2018
NbnNews

Suspends exploration of higher speed services.

NBN Co has confirmed the number of fixed wireless cells that it classifies as congested is somewhere “less than 500” nationwide.

The network builder last month said that “around six percent of fixed wireless cells” are congested enough in the evening peak to cause average speeds to fall under 6Mbps per user.

With “about 7000 cells in the network”, the number of those impacted by congestion is somewhere less than 500, chief network engineering officer Peter Ryan told a senate estimates committee last week.

Based on an updated percentage range given by NBN Co at the hearing of “about 6-7 percent” of cells being impacted, the number of cells experiencing issues would be between 420 and 490.

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

Turning a commute into a telecommute with Eganstown’s black spot coverage

14 Apr 2018
TelstraNews

Residents and businesses of Eganstown and Bullarto, north-east of Ballarat in Victoria, are now benefiting from new and improved mobile coverage in the region.

Adam Shepherd is employed by a New South Wales-based electricity company, but works remotely from Eganstown in Victoria – around 1000 kilometres to the south. In previous months Adam had to rent an office in Ballarat, half an hour’s drive from his home, to access a reliable internet connection.

Working in IT support, being able to get online at a moment’s notice is crucial – and the new mobile black spot base station at Eganstown helps make that happen.

The two new mobile base stations, funded jointly by us and Federal Government under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, recently went live. These communities now join Smeaton, Glenlyon, Dereel and Leonards Hill in the Ballarat region who are already benefitting from new coverage.

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

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