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Black spot fix pledge

21 Mar 2019
InTheNews

A pledge to tackle mobile black spots in bushfire-prone areas has been welcomed by Macedon Ranges council.

The Labor Party has announced that it will invest up to $2 million in a connectivity plan to address mobile phone black spots across the shire if it wins the upcoming election.

Bullengarook, Gisborne South, High Camp and Mount Macedon were identified by Labor as locations with “poor mobile communications”.

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

New mobile base stations for Limekilns, Yarras, Sunny Corner and Rock Forest

21 Mar 2019
TelstraNews

NEW mobile phone base stations will be built at Limekilns, Yarras, Sunny Corner and Rock Forest with funding from the Australian Government's Mobile Black Spot Program.

Calare MP Andrew Gee said Lowther and Kanimbla, near Lithgow, would also receive new base stations to improve regional mobile phone coverage.

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

Telstra and Optus secure round four mobile blackspot sites

21 Mar 2019
InTheNews

First activations later this year.

Telstra and Optus are set to build out 180 new base stations under the fourth round of the government’s mobile blackspots program.

Minister for regional services Senator Bridget McKenzie said that Telstra would build 131 base stations and Optus 49 in the round.

“The rollout is expected to commence shortly, with the first new base stations being activated by the second half of the year,” the government said.

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

VDL farmer shares experiences at regional communications round table

16 Mar 2019
InTheNews

Poor internet and mobile reception is making it difficult for some regional agricultural businesses to improve productivity and retain workers, a major diary farmer says.

VDL Farms business development manager Ben Davis said technology that would help the company take "the next leap" was available but was difficult to implement due to connectivity issues at its operations at Woolnorth.

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

Grant Schultz wants all mobile blackspots in Gilmore fixed

16 Mar 2019
InTheNews

Milton's Grant Schultz claims mobile phone coverage in Gilmore is patchier than it was in war-torn East Timor nearly 20 years ago.

"In 2001 in Dili, in a country that had been burnt to the ground, I got mobile phone coverage everywhere," the independent candidate for Gilmore said.

"The infrastructure had been reinstalled by Telstra. I could call home from anywhere in Dili for the cost of a local call in Australia. My wife, Beck, called Rosie from Triple J to request a song, and they had a chat on air about what Beck did in Timor. Yesterday, Beck couldn't get me on my mobile at Wandandian.

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

Revealed: The Phone With The Fastest 4G Speeds (For Now)

16 Mar 2019
InTheNews

Nobody likes waiting for stuff to load on their phone. Whether it’s blank webpages or streaming sites buffering, we look to our handheld computers for an instant connection and instant gratification, and it’s just so annoying when they fail us—or take forever to load a silly video.

We often attribute a device’s speeds to internet service providers, mobile carriers, and that little “bars” icon at the top of the device, rather than the phone’s hardware. While that’s a reasonable way to think about it, the phone itself is a factor. Remember AntennaGate with the iPhone 4? The position and design of the phone’s “bezel gap” antenna made it harder for it to connect when you held it in your hand.

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

Optus switches on two new towers on South Coast

16 Mar 2019
OptusNews

Optus today announced it will continue to improve mobile coverage across the South Coast after switching on two new mobile towers in Lake Conjola and Lake Burrill South.

The new towers will provide improved 4G mobile coverage and capacity for residents and visitors across the region to make and receive calls, texts and access mobile data.

Optus Territory General Manager for Central West New South Wales, Tom ODea said, these new towers will provide a greater depth of coverage and improved capacity to both areas, especially during busy tourism seasons.

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

Poolside pastoralism brings mobile and data technology into paddocks and into the future

14 Mar 2019
InTheNews

Sitting on his back verandah with mobile phone in hand, Calum Carruth checks his tank levels to see how much water the cattle and goats have used across his 126,000-hectare property.

It is in stark contrast to bumping over dusty station tracks in the sweltering heat to physically check tanks and troughs.

One tank needs filling, he swipes right on his phone and switches on a diesel powered pump, which is located 20 kilometres away from the station homestead.

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

Our ongoing investment in regional and rural Australia

14 Mar 2019
TelstraNews

Over the last three years, Telstra has invested $2.2 billion in our regional mobile network. We have also built more than 550 new mobile base stations under the Federal Government Mobile Black Spot Program.

The benefits of mobile connectivity are demonstrated through the many positive experiences our customers are having across the country. Whether it is the iconic Pub With No Beer in NSW, Eggs and Bacon Bay in Tasmania, Culla in far Western Victoria, or at Eganstown in the Victorian gold fields region.

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

Launceston and Hobart CBDs get first 5G but handsets still to come

14 Mar 2019
TelstraNews

Launceston and Hobart now have 5G sites in the central business district, as Telstra starts rolling out the latest mobile phone technology across the state.

Telstra Regional General Manager Tasmania Michael Patterson said the company had switched the sites on and was planning the infrastructure.

“5G will require a large investment in new infrastructure.

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

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