End Of May Update

02 Jun 2018

Optus appears to be ramping up again finalizing their 4G network before 5G gets underway. Optus managed 25 new sites this fortnight with many of those in rural areas and VIC leading the pack.  Optus also managed a further 102 site upgrades with a range of bands being deployed but mostly 4G1800 in rural areas and 4G2100 in higher density areas.

Telstra after suffering yet another Australian wide network outage managed 15 new sites as well as a further 47 site upgrades. New sites were mainly focused on the east coast as were site upgrades as well which consisted mainly of 4G2600 upgrades with some 4G700 in the mix. No more 5G proposals have been made thus far.

Vodafone whilst trying to keep up managed 13 new sites as well as 100 site upgrades. Vodafone also deployed a few new rural sites which is great to see. Upgrades were mostly limited to the east coast and cantered around 4G2100 and nb-iot900.

TPG continues to roll out its new network with another 31 proposals, this fortnight around Melbourne and Sydney’s CBD's.

NBN also activated 20 new sites around the country, with 11 site upgrades, and 2 new site proposals also reported. NBN this fortnight also reported 18 site upgrade proposals signalling a clear response to congestion reported on its network.

The low band 700mhz 4G gap between Optus and Telstra has decreased by a further 7 sites. Optus is still ahead of Telstra in 4G700 by 826 sites.

OzTowers continues to receive emails from people who think this site is their personal mobile phone tower concierge service.  OzTowers is here to provide the community with a technical source of data. That data is all there is, there is no more. If this abuse continues I will be forced to close the contact us portion of the site. Special shout out goes to Michelle J for a specially entertaining correspondence, BTW if you took the time to even skim the FAQ section, the complaint process is listed there also. And Sandie, yes it applies to you as well, “opology” accepted!

New NBN bush congestion target leaves evening TV streams short of full HD

15 Jun 2018

While TV manufacturers push ever-crisper displays and lavish cinema lands on Netflix, regional Australians face the prospect of "pixelated" evening video streams for the foreseeable future.

NBN Co has increased its minimum speed target for its fixed wireless network this year to deliver 6Mbps download speeds during evenings, up from 3Mbps previously.

But regional Australians experiencing connection speeds at or slightly above this threshold will be unlikely to enjoy sharp pictures on Foxtel or Stan, based on speeds required by major streaming providers:

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

Telstra edges closer to 2Gbps peak speeds for 4G

15 Jun 2018

Starts new tests with prototype device.

Telstra is set to bring 2Gbps theoretical peak speeds to “high traffic” portions of its LTE network later this year.

The telco first launched gigabit speeds on 4G in CBD zones in early 2017, and is now hoping to double that to 2Gbps over LTE.

Group managing director of networks Mike Wright said the telco had started tests overnight in an Ericsson lab in Sweden “with a prototype commercial device”.

The tests followed an earlier demonstration of the technology at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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

Telstra set to deploy 2Gbps 4G before end of year

15 Jun 2018

Spectrum refarming and new technology to be a 4G foundation for Telstra as 5G approaches, its director of Networks Mike Wright has told ZDNet.

Telstra has teamed up with Ericsson, Netgear, and Qualcomm to successfully test a 2Gbps prototype LTE device in an Ericsson lab in Sweden.

The test involved an aggregation of 100MHz from a combination of low and mid-band spectrum, combined with 4x4 multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) technology, and a Netgear Nighthawk mobile router.

Telstra director of Networks Mike Wright told ZDNet the company will retrofit 2Gbps LTE on some of its towers before the end of the year.

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

How a Huawei 5G ban is about more than espionage

15 Jun 2018

The expected ban of controversial Chinese equipment maker Huawei from 5G mobile networks in Australia on fears of espionage reads like a plot point from a John le Carre novel.

But the decision will have an impact on Australia's $40 billion a year telecoms market - potentially hurting Telstra's rivals.

It looks like Huawei, already banned from any involvement in the NBN, has next to no chance of being involved in the next generation of mobile services in Australia.

The company, which has been accused of spying by lawmakers in the US,  and criticised for its links to the Chinese military and government was "all but certain" to be blocked from supplying equipment for 5G wireless networks, The Australian Financial Review reported this week.

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

New mobile tower established in Waroona as part of Black Spot Program

15 Jun 2018

Waroona residents should have improved mobile phone and internet reception after a new communications tower was established in the region.

The new mobile base station north of Waroona has been built as part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

Member for Canning Andrew Hastie welcomed the completion of the tower and said Peel residents deserved better mobile coverage.

“The Waroona north mobile base station is a critical piece of infrastructure for our local community,” he said. 

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

Mobile black spot areas

15 Jun 2018

The Australian Labor Party will invest $2 million to address mobile black spots in the north west if it is elected at the next federal election.

Prioritising Circular Head, West Coast and King Island, mobile black spot areas within the community will be identified based on community need.

Labor Candidate for Braddon Justine Keay said consultation would be undertaken with residents, local and state governments, emergency services and mobile network operators.

“We know that the lack of mobile connectivity is having a huge impact on our tourism sector and agricultural sector,” Ms Keay said.

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

Community meeting invites residents to speak about phone coverage

15 Jun 2018

Local mobile phone coverage is set to take centre stage in Grabben Gullen next month.

Grabben Gullen Community Progress Association (GGCPA) president Scott Montgomery hopes the community meeting planned will result in improved coverage in the village.

Currently, conflicting services have resulted in users stuck between either an internet or phone service for their communications.

The tug-of-war of accessibility has been identified by Mr Montgomery as “a situation” for residents.

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

Hastie shines light on Waroona black spot

15 Jun 2018

The Member for Canning was in Waroona to open a new mobile tower.

Residents in Waroona will now have improved mobile phone reception and improved mobile broadband thanks to a newly installed mobile tower.

The new mobile base station, which is located just north of Waroona, is part of the Coalition Government's Mobile Black Spot Program, giving greater access to the online market for local farms, residents, businesses and tourists.

Member for Canning Andrew Hastie welcomed the completion of the tower, saying he remained committed to securing better mobile service in the Peel region.

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

Outback families demand more reliable internet for education and other online services

14 Jun 2018

Queensland's peak body helping isolated families in rural communities have emphasised the need for reliable internet coverage in the bush.

Natalie Kenny lives at a property between Charters Towers and Clermont about 200 kilometres from the closest town centre and said she relied heavily on online services.

Without the assistance of reliable internet, her seven-year-old son Will would not receive consistent speech and linguistic lessons.

The mother of four explained that prior to receiving the service Will lacked confidence and school was a struggle.

"He was a good student, but he just couldn't get the hang of things," she explained.

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

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