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$80 million for Mobile Black Spot Program: Mark Coulton, Bridget McKenzie

25 Apr 2019
TelstraNews

The mobile black spots yet to get coverage are "the more difficult ones to cover", says Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton.

Round five of the Mobile Black Spot Program is open. $80 million has been allocated for the program to expand mobile coverage in rural and regional areas.

In the latest round, it was announced that the Parkes electorate would receive five new Telstra base stations at Tilpa, Silverton Exchange, Enngonia, Pimpara Lake (near Packsaddle) and Naree Station (near Yantabulla).

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

Telecommunications sector set to rebound

25 Apr 2019
InTheNews

After four years of significant underperformance, we think the telecommunications sector has found rock bottom and is showing early signs of a rebound. There are several fundamental catalysts that could drive this recovery and they all relate to consumer fixed and mobile services, which account for more than 60 per cent of earnings.

These catalysts are due by June and include: 1) passing the peak pain point on the NBN (consumer prices are now going up for the first time ever); 2) the launch of 5G (which moves the focus from price to quality of service); and 3) the ACCC's decision on whether Vodafone and TPG Telcom can merge.

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

Optus switches on four new mobile towers in Mackay, Bowen Basin

25 Apr 2019
OptusNews

Singtel Optus is continuing its quest to provide a better mobile signal with the switching on of four new mobile towers that will boost coverage in Mackay and Bowen Basin.

A statement from the telco said the new towers aimed to address black spots identified by locals and to provide dedicated 4G mobile coverage for calls, texts and mobile data.

Optus’ Territory general manager for Central Queensland, Madonna Burgess, said: “Over the past few months Optus has switched on new towers in the Mackay region at Calen and Mirani along with two new towers in the Bowen Basin at Elphinstone and Glenden.

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

Vocus calls for backhaul component to mobile black spot program

25 Apr 2019
InTheNews

Network operator Vocus says that the government should consider funding carrier-neutral backhaul as part of its mobile black spot program.

The federal government in 2015 launched the mobile black spot program, and as of 20 March this year 683 base stations partially funded by the initiative had been activated. 

In total the government has put $760 million towards the program’s four rounds, helping fund 1047 base stations in parts of Australia areas that are judged to lack adequate mobile coverage.

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

Optus roasts 5G small cell property placement rules

12 Apr 2019
OptusNews

Humbly requests national reform across three levels of government.

Telecommunications carrier Optus has hit out at a lack of coordination between federal, state and local regulations that govern how mobile phone cells and towers are deployed, branding current arrangements as unfit for the 5G era.

The telco on Friday issued a substantial positioning paper on “Deployment Reform” need for a national 5G rollout, saying that present regulations dictating the how and where of cell deployment were written for the 3G and 4G kit where base stations and cells can be a kilometre apart.

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

Proposed telecommunications facility in Birregurra deferred

12 Apr 2019
TelstraNews

Colac Otway Shire Council has deferred a decision on a planning permit for a 20-metre Telstra monopole in the centre of Birregurra to seek community feedback and clarification on black spot funding.

Shire Mayor Cr Jason Schram said Council understood how important improved mobile phone coverage was to the community and wanted to seek feedback on the proposed location of the tower due to the impact it may have on the neighbourhood character of Birregurra’s main street.

“Council deferred an application yesterday for the construction of a 20-metre-high Telstra telecommunications monopole at 52‐54 Jenner Street, Birregurra,” Cr Schram said.

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Optus mobile black spot program continues apace

12 Apr 2019
OptusNews

Optus continues the rollout of its black spot program with a new tower switched on in the NSW town of Curlewis to give improved mobile coverage across the Liverpool Plains area.

Optus says the new tower will address a known black spot identified by the local community, providing them with dedicated mobile reception to make and receive calls, texts and access mobile data.

Optus’ Territory general manager for North West New South Wales, Chris Simon, said, “This will be the first time Curlewis has had dedicated Optus mobile coverage, providing real choice and competition for residents and businesses in the area.

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Eugowra calls in a new mobile tower

12 Apr 2019
OptusNews

Mobile black spots in the region are slowly being phased out, with four new Optus towers switched on.

Eugowra, Bribbaree, Cultowa and Gooloogong are the latest towns that have had their mobile coverage improved through the Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot Program.

The program was rolled out in 2015 and aims to improve mobile coverage and competition across Australia.

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4G Mobile Broadband Is Finally Worth The Money

10 Apr 2019
InTheNews

Mobile broadband plans used to come in two flavours - 'bugger all data' or 'expensive as buggery'. They were chiefly used by metro home businesses with plenty of cash to burn. Thankfully, those days are now over.

Mobile broadband is an internet service provided over Australia's mobile networks - typically via a SIM card that you insert into a wireless modem. For the past few months, the price of 4G mobile broadband plans has been steadily declining. At the same time, data allowances are getting more and more generous.

The result is that you can now get up to 500GB of data from a major telco for as little as $80 per month. While this wont suit every type of user - online gamers, we're looking at you - it's definitely enough for an average family's streaming and downloading demands.

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

Huawei ban gives Telstra unfair advantage: Vodafone

10 Apr 2019
VodafoneNews

The government's ban on Huawei equipping Australia's 5G networks has handed Telstra an unfair advantage because it is the only mobile operator that doesn't rely on the Chinese telco giant's kit, Vodafone Hutchison Australian chief executive Inaki Berroeta says.

Mr Berroeta accused the government of rushing into its ban on Huawei equipment, and warned of "profound, long-term impacts" on the industry as a result.

The federal government announced the ban last August, following a US government campaign to persuade its allies that Chinese telecommunications equipment posed a security threat.

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