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Talk's not cheap in Tathra since mobile tower 'upgrade'

30 Mar 2019
TelstraNews

A community still coming to terms with a devastating bushfire a year is forced to buy new handsets to connect to a recently upgraded mobile phone network.

The removal of a temporary phone tower in Tathra on the NSW south coast, installed after the tragic March 2018 bushfire, and the installation of two small antennas has caused confusion and has meant many residents have had to buy brand new handsets.

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

Coverage confusion: 'I was just bewildered, I thought they were joking'

30 Mar 2019
TelstraNews

Many Tathra residents have been forced to buy new handsets to connect to a recently upgraded mobile phone network.

"We had a sort of a false hope with the temporary tower after the bushfire, and some people even got rid of their landlines or didn't reconnect their line because they had mobile coverage, which was then gone a few days before Christmas."
Tathra's Rob White

The removal of a temporary phone tower, installed after the tragic March 2018 bushfire, and the installation of two small antennas has caused confusion and has meant many residents have had to buy brand new handsets.

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

Round 4 mobile blackspot results praised by ICPA-NSW group

30 Mar 2019
InTheNews

A voluntary parent organisation with the aim of providing better access to education for rural and regional children has praised the Australian government for recognising the need for better telecommunication in the bush after its recent Mobile Blackspot Round 4 results.

On March 18, 2019, Minister for Regional Services Bridget McKenzie announced the results of the Round 4 competitive assessment process, which included the small rural towns of Clare and Naradhan of western NSW.

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

Mobile coverage boost for Aboriginal communities

30 Mar 2019
InTheNews

Five Goldfields communities will benefit from a Federal Government initiative to increase mobile coverage in regional and remote communities across the country.

Aboriginal communities Cosmo Newberry, Mulga Queen and Tjukayirla Roadhouse in the Shire of Laverton are scheduled to receive mobile base stations as part of the Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

The Patjaar and Kanpa communities in the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku will also receive the small satellite cells.

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

Strahan NBN Co fixed wireless tower struck by lightning

30 Mar 2019
NbnNews

LIGHTNING struck a fixed wireless NBN tower at Strahan this week. 

NBN Co spokesman Russell Kelly said the strike had put the tower out of commission, and that 150 customers would not have access to their phone and internet services. 

Mr Kelly said it was exceedingly rare for a tower to be struck by lightning and cause such damage, and that the company were working to have it repaired as soon as possible. 

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

Optus switches on new tower in Redgate, WA

30 Mar 2019
OptusNews

Improves coverage across parts of the Margaret River

Optus has switched on a new site in Redgate, bringing improved mobile coverage to South West WA.

The new tower, located near Caves Road, brings increased coverage along key tourist routes through the Margaret River winery district, including the Leeuwin Estate Winery. The new mobile site has been built to provide residents, businesses and visitors with dedicated 4G coverage to make and receive calls, texts and access mobile data.

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

Optus switches on six mobile towers in Tamworth region

30 Mar 2019
OptusNews

Singtel Optus has switched on six new mobile towers across the Tamworth region which will improve the 4G coverage.

Optus’ Territory general manager North West New South Wales, Chris Simon, said in a statement, “These new towers will provide a greater depth of coverage and improved capacity to the Tamworth region.

“Over the past 12 months Optus has invested $4.3 million in its mobile network across the Tamworth region having switched on sites in Attunga, Barraba Central, Hallsville, Moonbi, Piallamore, and Kingswood.”

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

Phone tower for Kimba district

28 Mar 2019
OptusNews

Buckleboo will be receiving a new mobile phone tower under the federal Mobile Black Spots Program.

The tower is one of 16 recently announced for in the Grey electorate, with work on the new stations expected to start this year.

Federal member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said this was a fantastic result.

"The extra 16 towers will make an enormous difference particularly in some of our more isolated communities and I thank both Telstra and Optus for their continued interest and investment in growing the network," he said.

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

Mobile blackspot funding flows to Riverton

28 Mar 2019
OptusNews

Round Four of the federally funded Mobile Black Spot program will see a new Optus base station built in Riverton.

Federal Minister for Regional Services Senator Bridget McKenzie today announced the locations of 29 new base stations throughout South Australia, improving mobile coverage in regional and remote communities.

Round 4 base stations are expected to roll out shortly with the first new base stations being activated by the second half of the year.

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

Mobile phone tower for Edith Falls

28 Mar 2019
OptusNews

Emergency services will be pleased Edith Falls is soon to receive improved mobile phone coverage.

Optus will be installing a phone tower under the Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot Program.

There will be 12 new base stations to be delivered in the NT which also includes Larrimah.

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

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