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Telstra scoping NSW rail corridor mobile upgrade

28 Mar 2019
TelstraNews

Looks at infrastructure needs.

Telstra will scope the infrastructure requirements of bringing improved mobile coverage and station wi-fi to the NSW Central Coast rail corridor under a new deal with Sydney Trains.

The telco was awarded the $13.2 million contract late last year after a protracted expressions of interest process to improve coverage for train commuters along the 60km stretch of rail.

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Telstra lands $13 million contract with Sydney Trains

28 Mar 2019
TelstraNews

Telstra has won a contract with Transport for New South Wales to improve mobile coverage along the NSW Central Coast rail corridor.

The $13 million contract is part of a joint NSW and federal government initiative to improve mobile phone reception and internet connectivity in the area.

Telstra is tasked to "identify" the infrastructure needed to address black spots in 18 train stations from Hornsby to Wyong.

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

Cancer Cluster At California Elementary School Results In Removal Of Sprint Cell Phone Tower

28 Mar 2019
InTheNews

Weston Elementary School in Ripon, CA went on high alert after the controversy erupted two years ago - with some parents even pulling their children from school over the tower which Sprint has been paying the school $2,000 per month to place on its property.

The Ripon Unified School District initially defended the cell phone tower earlier this month, with board president Kit Oase saying tests done on the tower had found it was operating within safety standards.

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

Better connection coming to Baird Bay

28 Mar 2019
InTheNews

Round 4 of the federal government's Mobile Black Spot Program will deliver 180 new mobile base stations to enhance coverage, including at Baird Bay.

The Minister for Regional Services Bridget McKenzie announced the results of the latest round of the program on Friday, with work on the new stations expected to start this year.

Streaky Bay mayor Travis Barber said he was pleased to see Baird Bay had been included as there was no phone coverage in the area.

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VOTE: Do we need more black spot signal tower upgrades?

28 Mar 2019
InTheNews

THIS week, the government announced Mount Whitestone made it through round four of the Mobile Black Spot Program.

While a construction date is yet to be named, mobile phone signal will be boosted in Mount Whitestone, which at present is unreliable at best.

In 2016, both Moore and Somerset Dam were added to the program, with base stations installed to bring signal to the towns.

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New Optus mobile phone base station for eastern KI

28 Mar 2019
OptusNews

Eastern Kangaroo Island will get a new Optus mobile phone base station under Round 4 of the Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot Program.

Federal Minister for Regional Services Senator Bridget McKenzie on Friday, March 22 announced the locations of 29 new base stations in South Australia, improving mobile coverage in regional and remote communities.

The Federal Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie meanwhile says many more towers are needed.

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

New mobile tower to solve connection woes

28 Mar 2019
TelstraNews

CHECKING your mobile phone while lying in bed is a morning ritual for most, but the luxury was not even in the foreseeable future for Mount Whitestone teen Kira Harm, until now.

The government has announced a mobile base station will be built in Mount Whitestone as part of round four of the Liberal National Government's Mobile Black Spot Program.

The announcement was a glimmer of hope for 15-year-old Kira, she hoped the new tower would allow her to get reception while still in the house.

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

Regional coalition welcomes $220m in funding for bush communications

21 Mar 2019
InTheNews

Lobby group, the Regional, Rural and Remote Communication Coalition, has welcomed $220 million in funding for regional Australian communications, describing it as a win for bush communications across the country.

The funding allocation has been announced by the Australian Government as part of its response to the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review.

The RRRCC says an additional $160 million for two new rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program will be life-changing for the regional communities selected for funding, allowing them to access reliable communications on the go and in emergencies.

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

Govt to spend $220m on mobile, co-fund NBN area switches

21 Mar 2019
NbnNews

Responds to regional telecommunications review.

The government has pledged to pump another $160 million into mobile carriers’ regional networks and could also co-fund some area switches in parts of Australia exclusively served by Sky Muster.

Handing down its official response to the regional telecommunications review today, the government said it would spend $220 million, consisting of two extra rounds of the mobile blackspots scheme ($160 million) and an extra $60 million targeted at areas predominantly served by NBN’s Sky Muster satellite service.

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$320M more goes into mobile blackspot program

21 Mar 2019
InTheNews

The Government's Mobile Blackspot Program will get an extra $320 million funding that will be divided in two equal funding rounds.

“Rounds 5 and 6 will have a strong focus on improving mobile coverage in our regions at Public Interest Premises which benefit the community such as medical facilities, schools and economic centres," said minister for regional services Bridget McKenzie.

McKenzie said that with government agencies moving more and more services online and growth in demand for data, further investment was necessary.

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

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