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Blackstone Heights phone tower development application lodged

17 Nov 2018
TelstraNews

A development application for a mobile phone tower at Blackstone Heights has been lodged with the Meander Valley Council.

Zenith Court has been selected as the “most appropriate” site of the five locations that Telstra examined for the tower, the development application said.

Blackstone Heights community members, including residents of Zenith Court, strongly advocated against the tower being built so close to their houses.

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

Tower dials up resident anger

17 Nov 2018
VodafoneNews

Hoppers Crossing residents have expressed their dismay at plans for a phone tower at Hoppers Crossing Reserve on Morris Road.

They are calling on Wyndham council and the telecommunication provider to consider alternative locations for the tower.

In August, Wyndham council called on the community to have its say on the proposed Vodafone and Optus towers along Clearwood Drive, Truganina; Howqua Way, Manor Lakes; McGrath Road, Werribee; Jamieson Way, Point Cook; Morris Road, Hoppers Crossing; Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook; and Station Street, Little River.

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

Planhacker: The Best NBN Plans Under $80

17 Nov 2018
NbnNews

You may not have noticed it, the information can be hard to find, but more NBN RSPs now publish average evening speed data on their websites, so we can finally see the difference in performance between the cheap plans and the expensive ones.

The pattern that's emerging is that both the budget and premium providers report average speeds of about 80-percent of the maximum for each speed tier. So, 80Mbps for NBN Premium services, 40Mbps for Standard Plus, and so on. The performance-focused outliers, like Aussie Broadband and MATE, regularly deliver speeds of about 90-percent of the tier maximum.

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

Intel will launch 5G modem next year

15 Nov 2018
InTheNews

Intel has revealed it is bringing forward the launch of its 5G modem.

The hardware giant has announced the XMM 8160 5G multimode modem, which will be ready six months earlier than initially thought, as it faces increased competition to be the power behind the next-generation networks.

The modem will allow manufacturers of PCs, smartphones and tablets to get their devices ready for 5G ahead of the expected 2020 worldwide launch. Intel says it will support download speeds of up to 6GBps - enough to download a full HD movie in the blink of an eye.

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

Optus switches on new mobile tower in Bendigo region

14 Nov 2018
OptusNews

Optus has switched on a new mobile tower at Jackass Flat in the Bendigo region to address a known black spot identified by the community.

The company's general manager for North West Victoria, Luke Dietz, said in a statement: "The site will not only improve coverage for those in Jackass Flat, but also provide new and improved coverage for those residents in Canterbury Estate and the new Evergreen Waters Estate.

“Optus remains committed to providing fast and reliable mobile and internet coverage across Bendigo."



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

New NBN satellite service to support ‘bursting’, some unmetered services

13 Nov 2018
NbnNews

NBN Co is preparing to launch a family of new satellite services that will potentially support burst speeds in excess of the base 25 megabits per second download speed.

The new Sky Muster Plus services will also be more liberal when it comes to data allowances, with NBN Co revealing that it would not count the use of “essential Internet services” towards a monthly downloads cap.

Examples of “essential” services offered by NBN Co included email, Internet banking, web browsing and critical software updates. Streaming video and online gaming are two activities the company said would continue to be shaped if a household’s data quota is exceeded.

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

NBN Co proposes to unmeter some Sky Muster traffic

13 Nov 2018
NbnNews

While allowing services to burst above 25Mbps.

NBN Co is proposing to offer Sky Muster satellite users a major concession by unmetering certain types of traffic including web browsing and software updates, as well as allowing services to burst above 25Mbps.

The concession will come in the form of a new wholesale product called Sky Muster Plus, set to be sold from 2019.

It represents a significant win for the volunteer-based Better Internet for Rural, Regional and Remote Australia (BIRRR) group, which has been advocating for this - and other - changes on behalf of its 11,000-plus members.

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

Canberra, Brisbane the first to get Optus' 5G services

10 Nov 2018
OptusNews

Homes and businesses in Canberra and Brisbane will be the first to have access to Singtel Optus' high-speed 5G network in January, with other cities to follow by March.

Optus has now completed 5G live trials in Sydney, with fixed-wireless broadband services to be released in a matter of months. This will allow Australians to access 5G speeds through wireless home internet, such as on mobiles and laptops on Wi-Fi, ahead of a mobile rollout expected around the second half of 2019.

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

Optus has invested more than six million dollars to improve the south-west's telecommunications network

10 Nov 2018
OptusNews

Optus has switched on 10 mobile phone towers in the south-west to improve connectivity in growing areas with the hope of assisting emergency services.

The new phone towers are designed to improve 4G mobile coverage and improve the capacity for locals and visitors to make and receive calls, texts and access mobile data. 

One of the mobile phone towers sits on a building at Lady Bay Resort, overlooking the Warrnambool Breakwater. 

 

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

The Coalition has pledged $30 million for telecommunications infrastructure if elected

10 Nov 2018
InTheNews

THE Coalition has announced that if elected, it would invest $30 million into telecommunications infrastructure to improve regional mobile coverage.

Member for Ripon Louise Staley said on Wednesday that limited to no coverage in places like the Pyrenees Highway was impacting the ability of the area to attract residents and businesses.

“Better connectivity in our region will boost liveability, quality of life and business productivity, helping local people to stay in touch with friends and family and run their businesses,” Ms Staley said.

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

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