RFNSA discussions

07 Sep 2018

Just got off the phone with a RFNSA representative, had a very constructive discussion. I believe we came to the understanding that we owe it to the community to come up with some arrangement where it would be beneficial for everyone involved. What form that will take will need to be worked out. But I will continue to keep everyone up to date.



OzTowers needs your help, please have your say here.. What you say will be included in my submission to RFNSA.


A submission has been sent to RFNSA.


Optus outage hits 4G services

21 Sep 2018

A fault on the Optus' 4G network is disrupting customers across the country this afternoon.

The telco confirmed it was “experiencing issues” with both mobile data and phone calls, and suggested those affected toggle 3G for the time being. 

"We have identified a fault which means that some customers may be experiencing issues with calls. There’s no need to troubleshoot at your end," an Optus support officer wrote on a company message board. 

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

Telstra's power bill shock: Energy costs jumped by $200m in two years

21 Sep 2018

Telstra chief executive Andy Penn is aggressively looking to mitigate energy costs that have slashed earnings by $200 million over the past two years as the telco is readying to build out Australia’s ultra-fast next generation 5G mobile network.

Mr Penn told Fairfax Media during Telstra's annual technology conference in Melbourne on Wednesday that electricity prices have jumped significantly in recent years. The bill shock comes as the company is looking to cut $2.5 billion in costs by 2022 as part of a radical turnaround of the business.

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

Toowoomba tower powers Telstra's world-first live 2Gbps LTE call

21 Sep 2018

Telstra and its partners are claiming a world first for a successful 2Gbps capable LTE call on a commercial network.

Ericsson, Telstra and Qualcomm Technologies have made a 2Gbps capable LTE data call using Telstra's live commercial network in Toowoomba (Queensland).

Lab testing achieved this speed early this year, and that was followed by a public demonstration at Mobile World Congress.

The partners have now shown this level of performance is possible in the field.

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

Stop Press | Should kids of today be allowed a mobile device?

21 Sep 2018

Federal education minister Dan Tehan has given his support to teachers who take mobile phones from kids at the start of class to stop them texting or playing video games when they’re supposed to be learning.

A few months back a Dubbo magistrate annoyed about mobile phones ringing in his courtroom told the gallery to switch them off or else he’d get the sheriff’s officer to confiscate and keep them.

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

Telstra expects accelerated adoption of 5G

21 Sep 2018

The initial set of 5G standards have only just been finalised, but Telstra CEO Andy Penn said he expects adoption of the next-generation wireless technology to be even swifter than its predecessor.

“It took eight years for 2.5 billion people in the world to move from 2G to 3G,” Penn told the Telstra Vantage conference in Melbourne. “It took five years for 2.5 billion years to move from 3G to 4G. And my expectation is that the rate will continue to accelerate as we move forward into the world of 5G.”

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

TPG cops NBN profit hit ahead of Voda merger

21 Sep 2018

Challenger telco TPG has taken a hit to profits due to pressure from the cost of migrating DSL and home phone customers to the NBN, as well as increased electricity prices.

The telco’s net profit after tax (NPAT) for the financial year ending 31 July came in at $397 million, down 4.3 percent from $414 million for the previous corresponding period.

Revenue was steady at $2.5 billion, up 0.2 percent from 2017, while EBITDA was down 5.6 percent to $841 million, compared to $891 million for the previous corresponding period.

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

TPG bullish as Telstra touts $50 billion 5G opportunity

21 Sep 2018

TPG Telecom boss David Teoh says the company will take the unusual step of bidding with Vodafone in November's multimillion-dollar 5G spectrum auction even if the competition watchdog unexpectedly knocks back their $15 billion merger.

The reclusive billionaire entrepreneur said merging with Vodafone would give the telco great capacity to compete strongly with Telstra and Optus, but its alliance for the next generation of mobile technology did not rely on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission giving the deal the green light.

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

Hastie calls on residents to nominate black spots

21 Sep 2018

 The Member for Canning wants residents with poor phone coverage to nominate their area for a funding boost to improve coverage.

Member for Canning Andrew Hastie used a parliamentary speech to call for his constituents to nominate black spot locations in regards to mobile coverage.

Mr Hastie said residents in Canning were strongly encouraged to nominate mobile phone black spot locations in their area to help inform the rollout of the next round of the Coalition’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

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

Round four of mobile black spot funding open for suggestions

21 Sep 2018

Educational needs and emergency services, as well as areas experiencing high seasonal tourism demand, have been targeted as priority areas for the latest round of mobile black spot funding.

They’re a feature of the latest call for nominations for locations, made last week by federal regional services minister, Bridget McKenzie.

Better Internet for Rural Regional and Remote Australia spokewoman, Kristy Sparrow, welcomed the announcement that round four of the program, investing another $25 million in eliminating mobile black spots around Australia, was now open.

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

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