Optus prepares to launch 5G-based fixed wireless

17 Jan 2019

Optus today said that it had successfully made a 5G data call on 60MHz of its 3.5GHz spectrum.

The telco said the call, made from a site in the Canberra suburb of Dickson, used commercial 5G radio network and customer premises equipment (CPE) from Nokia.

Optus said that the Nokia 5G CPE has a high gain antenna, and can be used to deliver a service in residential areas.


“This is the first time in Australia that a data call has been made using 60MHz channel bandwidth on an Optus live network and a 5G device,” said Optus managing director, networks, Dennis Wong.

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Telstra says it has cut deals to be first to offer 5G phones

17 Jan 2019

Telstra has announced that it has signed exclusive deals with unspecified companies to offer 5G smartphones to its customers in the first half of the year.

The company's chief executive, Andrew Penn, told a media conference at the CES technology show in Las Vegas on Thursday, that these would be some of the "world's biggest brands".

Last year, Telstra said that the Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson would be its main partner in the rollout of its 5G network.

“The 5G revolution is now very real. More than 200 Telstra 5G mobile base stations are now online across the nation and our customers will very soon be among the first in the world to experience the possibilities this revolutionary technology can deliver,” Penn said.

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Busy hour speeds for NBN fixed wireless 'likely to mislead'

17 Jan 2019

Speeds on NBN Co’s fixed wireless network are “extremely variable” and therefore not conducive to being measured and reported on in the same manner as fixed-line services, an internet industry body says.

The comments [pdf], made by Communications Alliance, are in response to a proposal by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to make retail service providers disclose more data about fixed wireless when making a sale.

The internet industry has widely adopted marketing guidance by the ACCC to disclose typical busy hour speeds for NBN services.

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Residents nervously await results of Mobile Black Spot Programme

17 Jan 2019

Kanimbla Valley residents are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the Mobile Black Spot Programme Round Four after applications closed on January, 10. 

The Australian Government announced mid last year it had allocated $25 million of Mobile Black Spot Program funding towards a fourth round, to improved mobile coverage to regional communities across Australia.

Applications closed on January 10 for telecommunication companies to submit their applications to the Federal Government. 

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There is an app for that, but mobile phone blackspots are holding Australian farmers back

16 Jan 2019

Many farmers now use apps to control watering systems, monitor their crops and animals and even close gates, but mobile phone blackspots in regional areas are playing havoc with that technology.

When Tasmanian farmer Scott Bowden wants to turn an irrigator on at his farm at Bothwell in the central highlands, he reaches for an app on his mobile phone.
Country mobile phone and internet bandwidth forces residents online in the middle of the night

If the drudgery of your job seems bad, imagine having to wake up at 3:00am to get bookkeeping done, because that is the only time when there is enough bandwidth to process online accounts.

"It's so nice to be able to start and stop a pivot from your phone," Mr Bowden said.

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Phone tower anxiety is real and we're worrying ourselves sick

16 Jan 2019

Are mobile phones making us sick? Decades of scientific research has found no evidence of any adverse health effects but still the public remains concerned.

Even studies looking at long-term damage, such as brain cancer, have not found evidence of increased harm.

Yet, the debate rages on.

Fuelled by misinformation, scepticism and a complex psychological phenomenon known as the nocebo effect, it's little wonder this contentious issue persists, particularly given wireless technologies are so pervasive.

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Vodafone looking at fixed wireless alternatives to NBN

16 Jan 2019

Vodafone Australia is exploring the possibility of using the spectrum acquired at last month's auction to provide fixed wireless broadband services that compete with the national broadband network.

Vodafone chief executive Inaki Berroeta said the additional spectrum gave the company extra capacity to provide wireless internet services. But the firm's decision to deploy it would depend on whether the NBN wholesale price stays at current levels.

"The truth is that we are open to that possibility, but it also depends a lot on the way that the NBN develops. And if the NBN provides a good service at a reasonable value, then customers will be better off using NBN," he said.

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The new mobile base station at Gresford has been switched on.

16 Jan 2019

The new mobile base station at Gresford has been switched on.

Dr David Gillespie, Federal Member for Lyne, has welcomed the move, delivered under the Priority Round of the Liberal National Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

“It’s fantastic to see that the program is reaching more and more communities across Australia, like Gresford,” Dr Gillespie said.

“This program is delivering much needed new investment in mobile infrastructure across Australia to address mobile coverage issues.

“It will be fantastic for residents and businesses alike.”

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Huawei-made 'small cell' boxes hit suburban Sydney, as residents raise health concerns

08 Jan 2019

Residents of a quiet Sydney suburb are looking for answers from a major telco after it revealed plans to place a number of new telecommunication "small cell boxes" outside their homes without any approval.

In a move that experts say will become more common as Australia prepares itself for the 5G rollout, TPG, in conjunction with China's Huawei, has begun placing the transmitters — roughly the size of two shoe boxes — on power poles across the suburb of Ryde, in Sydney's north-west.

The small cell boxes are used for 4G and mobile services in suburban areas, and are less powerful than the larger telecommunication towers generally used by companies such as Optus and Telstra.

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NBN Co gives itself until September to cut congested cell numbers

07 Jan 2019

To under one percent.

NBN Co has given itself until September this year to bring the proportion of congested cells on its fixed wireless network down to less than one percent.

The network builder provided the deadline in response to questions from the most recent senate estimates.

Chief network engineering officer Peter Ryan said in April last year that the company had set a goal to reduce the proportion of congested cells on the network from six-to-seven percent down to less than one percent.

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