Mid June Update

19 Jun 2018
OzTowersMonthly

Despite Optus' soccer woes, their mobile network appears to be going from strength to strength with a whopping 41 new sites activated in the past fortnight. Optus also managed 77 site upgrades with 4G2100 being the major focus, both new and upgraded sites were located all over Australia with rural areas getting a lot of benefit as well.

Whilst the network outages continue for Telstra, they did manage 23 new sites we well as 55 site upgrades. Upgrades were focused in or around metro areas with 4G2600 being a focus as well as some further 5G proposals.

Vodafone although less exciting, managed 5 new sites as well as 51 site upgrades. Now that 2G has been switched off for Vodafone 900mhz is now the focus re-farming the spectrum to 4G.

TPG now adds Brisbane to its list of cities with 37 site proposals. TPG now has over 450 site proposals with Melbourne and Sydney continuing to receive proposals.

NBN continues to disappoint as we found out the minimum of 25 Mbit/s is actually 3 Mbit/s for fixed wireless and if you do the math, satellite will eventually become 0.35 Mbit/s as its loaded up. So, its 2018, and we are talking sub ADSL1 and Dialup speeds? Talk about a bait and switch, oh yeah, we will give you 100 Mbit/s, but we only designed the system for 3 Mbit/s, however since we love you all so much we'll throw you a bone and give you 6 Mbit/s and be thankful you are even getting that you ungrateful greedy gamers!!! Only in Australia could something so pitiful transpire in such a way! So, while we are still getting our ^&*) together our worldly neighbours are out competing us at every level! NBN activated 6 sites and upgraded 3 for those who still care.

The low band 700mhz 4G gap between Optus and Telstra has increased by 3 sites as Optus deploys new sites faster than Telstra can upgrade theirs. Optus is now ahead of Telstra in 4G700 by 829 sites.

Telstra to deploy 5G in three phases

21 Jun 2018
TelstraNews

Full commercial services expected in FY20.

Telstra is planning to deploy its 5G network in three tranches with “full commercial deployment” expected in FY20.

CEO Andy Penn told the company’s strategy day today that the telco intended to “lead” 5G, as it had with prior generations of mobile technology.

“We intend to lead and win in 5G,” he said, adding that the company would reveal more about its specific plans at a 5G strategy day in the second half of the calendar year.

The first phase of the 5G rollout will be based on “pre-5G technical standards” and - like other carriers - is likely to be focused around fixed wireless services for residential users.

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

Telstra to be network-ready for 5G by first-half FY19

21 Jun 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra aims to be ready to take advantage of the 5G market, saying it will be network-ready by the first half of FY19 and rolling out to capital cities, regional centres and other high-demand areas by FY20.

Announcing this on Wednesday as part of the Telstra2022 strategy, which outlined the company's plans until 2022, Telstra chief executive Andy Penn said the new strategy leveraged the capabilities that were being built through Telstra’s investment of up to $3 billion announced in August 2016 to create its so-called Networks for the Future and digitising the business.

“The network investments have been critical as Telstra builds capability in software defined networking and prepares to lead the market and win in 5G," he said.

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

Broadband Forum's newest 5G milestone ponies up PON disaggregation

21 Jun 2018
InTheNews

The successful demonstration of "the disaggregation of time-critical PON functions" means that "operators looking to quickly and cost-effectively deliver new 5G services are today a step closer to being able to do so", according to the Broadband Forum and NTT.

Launched with NTT last year, we're told that the PON Abstraction Interface for Time Critical Applications project (PDF link) "looks at how software-defined networking and network functions virtualisation can be applied to Optical Line Terminals to eliminate the need for operators to rebuild an OLT from the preliminary stage of development, for example, a remake of the PON chip, which requires a large amount of investment".

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

Huawei hits back as exclusion from Aussie 5G rollouts looms

21 Jun 2018
InTheNews

Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Technologies has gone on the offensive against Australian claims it poses a security risk, issuing an open letter to the government saying that view was “ill-informed”.

There has been much speculation about Huawei in recent weeks, as Australia prepares for the rollout of 5G mobile telecommunications technology by the country's major telcos, with local media reporting the country's spy agencies have advised against including the company in the deployment of the networks. 

Australia, like the United States, worries Huawei is de facto controlled by China, raising fears that sensitive infrastructure will fall into the hands of Beijing.

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

Budget delivers for rural, regional people: NSW Farmers

20 Jun 2018
InTheNews

The NSW Farmers’ Association has commended the NSW government for “a budget that has delivered for regional and rural communities, in challenging times due to drought conditions across most of the state”.

President Derek Schoen said the association had worked closely with the government to establish the parameters of the $250 million Farm Innovation Fund.

“The fund is a welcome and sensible way to assist farmers, regional communities and the broader agricultural sector through this time of drought, while maintaining productivity and sustainability,” Mr Schoen said.

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

Mallee MP Andrew Broad welcomes $25 million allocation to fourth Mobile Black Spot Program round

20 Jun 2018
InTheNews

MEMBER for Mallee Andrew Broad has welcomed the federal government’s allocation of $25 million to a fourth Mobile Black Spot Program round.

In previous rounds, the electorate of Mallee has been successful with a total of 27 new or upgraded base stations across the region.

Mr Broad hoped this round would invite more coverage to the region’s communities. 

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

Telstra wholesale mobile customers hit by vendor platform issue

20 Jun 2018
TelstraNews

The 3G and 4G services provided by some of Telstra’s wholesale mobile network customers were disrupted on 19 June due to a “vendor platform error”.

As reported by News Corp Australia, the disruptions saw mobile internet and voice services affected in a number of cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.   

While Telstra’s mobile services have been hit by a number of network issues recently, a spokesperson for the telco stressed that the latest disruptions were not caused by its own network, but rather due to a third party issue.

“There is no issue with Telstra’s 3G and 4G network,” the spokesperson told ARN. “There was a vendor platform issue that impacted mobile virtual network operating services for a small number of wholesale customers.

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

Telstra hit by another mobile phone outage

19 Jun 2018
TelstraNews

TELSTRA customers are facing yet another mobile phone outage amid reports the company’s 3G and 4G networks are struggling to connect users in almost all Australian capitals.

Both internet access and mobile phone calls are affected in the widespread outages across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide, and Darwin, with Telstra reporting that services are either “interrupted” or “intermittent”.

Many users have turned to social media and AussieOutages to complain about the latest Telstra connection problems, with some reporting they can only make SOS calls and others unable to use their smartphones since late on Monday night.

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

Top tier NBN uptake continues to grow

19 Jun 2018
NbnNews

The sales of higher-speed wholesale National Broadband Network (NBN) services continue to grow, according to NBN Co’s latest figures, but fixed-line network congestion also appears to be on the rise.

NBN Co’s monthly progress update for May, released on 18 June, indicate that more end users are switching to faster NBN retail plans, with about 70 per cent of new orders on the network now based on wholesale speeds tiers of 50 Mbps (download) or higher.

Since December 2017, orders for wholesale speed tiers of 50 Mbps or higher have almost tripled, increasing from 16 per cent to 44 per cent in May, according to the company behind the NBN rollout.

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

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