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Optus brings coverage to Summer Hill Creek

18 Aug 2019
OptusNews

Delivers Third Mobile Black Spot in Central NSW this year

Residents and businesses in Summer Hill Creek are enjoying improved access to mobile coverage thanks to Optus switching on a new tower as part of the Federal Governments Mobile Black Spot Program.

The new tower located off Ophir Road is now providing over 70 square kilometres of new and enhanced coverage in the region, including a 12 kilometre stretch along Ophir Road.

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

Black spot phone tower to give Ophir campers, residents, emergency services coverage

18 Aug 2019
OptusNews

It's big, green and potentially life saving.

A 37-metre-tall mobile phone black spot tower at Summer Hill Creek has been launched after a call from residents and emergency services.

It will provide mobile coverage to the hills above the Ophir campsite area, cover 70 square kilometres including 12 kilometres along Ophir Road and give coverage to 60 homes in the area, many of which did not have any before.

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Optus switches on Mt McDonald site to expand mobile blackspot program

18 Aug 2019
OptusNews

Optus has switched on a new tower in Mt McDonald in NSW as part of the Federal Government’s mobile black spot program.

The new site is being co-funded by Optus – Australia’s second largest telco - and the Federal and NSW Governments as part of round 2 of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

Optus says the tower is designed to provide enhanced coverage to more than 250 premises and 35 kms of roadways including Darby Falls Road and Reg Hailstone Way, offering local residents “dedicated and reliable mobile coverage for the first time”.

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

NBN Co upgrades capacity to almost 200 wireless towers

02 Aug 2019
NbnNews

NBN Co has spent the past week performing capacity upgrades for almost 200 fixed wireless towers in six states and territories.

The sizable portion of upgrades began on July 24 with most work expected to wrap up today, barring any extensions to maintenance windows.

The largest proportion of work focused on towers in Victoria (89) followed by NSW (66), based on analysis by iTnews.

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Yellow Rock and Megalong Valley mobile phone towers in doubt after Mt Tomah plan moved

02 Aug 2019
TelstraNews

After six years of waiting, Mt Tomah is no longer in line for a new mobile phone tower after the NSW and federal governments gave approval for the project to be moved to Gollan, near Dubbo.

Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman, said the development also casts doubt on planned towers at Yellow Rock and the Megalong Valley.

She slammed the move and said it highlights the failure of the Morrison government's mobile blackspot funding program to solve problems in the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury.

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

Optus to consult on tower

02 Aug 2019
OptusNews

OPTUS says a public consultation process will take place before any site is selected for a proposed 4G base station at Capel Sound.

The company’s corporate affairs advisor Rob Sharpe said the consultation phase was “us consulting on any planned sites”.

“No decision has been made [on a site] and Optus is now assessing alternative locations raised by the community,” he said.

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

Are mobile phones a flight risk? They could be on some Boeing jets

22 Jul 2019
InTheNews

US government officials in 2014 revealed an alarming safety issue: Passengers' mobile phones and other types of radio signals could pose a crash threat to some models of Boeing 737 and 777 airplanes.

More than 1300 jets registered in the US were equipped with cockpit screens vulnerable to interference from Wi-Fi, mobile phones and even outside frequencies such as weather radar, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, which gave airlines until November 2019 to replace the units made by Honeywell International.

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Canberra hails 700-plus black spot base stations

22 Jul 2019
InTheNews

The federal government’s $380 million regional Mobile Black Spot Program has passed a significant milestone, with more than 700 new or improved mobile base stations now operational.

More than 20,000 Triple Zero emergency calls have already been made through the towers.

On 16 July, Telstra activated its 600th base station under the program, with the others delivered by Optus and Vodafone.

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

Regional economy boosted by improved mobile coverage, says government

22 Jul 2019
InTheNews

The Federal Government says more than 700 new or improved mobile base stations are now on air and providing what it says is better mobile coverage in regional areas, while boosting Australia’s regional economy with more Australians than ever before accessing mobile networks.

“This milestone is an impressive achievement with the new coverage not only helping people to connect, but also significantly boosting our regional economy,” said Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher.

“The first four rounds of the highly successful program will deliver 1047 new base stations in areas that are not commercially viable without Commonwealth investment.”

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Historic gold mining town is Telstras 600th Mobile Black Spot site

22 Jul 2019
TelstraNews

Historic gold mining town is Telstra’s 600th Mobile Black Spot site

The Victorian Gold Rush-era mountainside town of Walhalla now has mobile coverage and has become Telstra’s 600th Australian location to benefit under the Federal Government Mobile Black Spot Program.

The switch-on comes more than 135 years after electricity was first delivered to the area in 1884 and 128 years after telephone services were delivered to connect the local gold mine in 1891.

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