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Top tier NBN uptake continues to grow

19 Jun 2018
NbnNews

The sales of higher-speed wholesale National Broadband Network (NBN) services continue to grow, according to NBN Co’s latest figures, but fixed-line network congestion also appears to be on the rise.

NBN Co’s monthly progress update for May, released on 18 June, indicate that more end users are switching to faster NBN retail plans, with about 70 per cent of new orders on the network now based on wholesale speeds tiers of 50 Mbps (download) or higher.

Since December 2017, orders for wholesale speed tiers of 50 Mbps or higher have almost tripled, increasing from 16 per cent to 44 per cent in May, according to the company behind the NBN rollout.

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Mobile black spot program taps into tourists’ needs

19 Jun 2018
InTheNews

DOZENS of mobile black spots will be eradicated in the $25 million fourth round of the national program.

Regional Communications Minister Bridget McKenzie told The Weekly Times the Federal Government aimed to boost the number of mobile base stations from 870 to 1000.

“It’s not just a matter of making a simple phone call — having a proper standard of connectivity is essential for the agricultural sector,” Senator McKenzie said.

“Tourism is also an important part of this roll-out.

“Seasonal issues experienced in places like Anglesea and Bright will be examined, to assess issues around topography and demand at certain times of the year.”

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New NBN bush congestion target leaves evening TV streams short of full HD

15 Jun 2018
NbnNews

While TV manufacturers push ever-crisper displays and lavish cinema lands on Netflix, regional Australians face the prospect of "pixelated" evening video streams for the foreseeable future.

NBN Co has increased its minimum speed target for its fixed wireless network this year to deliver 6Mbps download speeds during evenings, up from 3Mbps previously.

But regional Australians experiencing connection speeds at or slightly above this threshold will be unlikely to enjoy sharp pictures on Foxtel or Stan, based on speeds required by major streaming providers:

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

Telstra edges closer to 2Gbps peak speeds for 4G

15 Jun 2018
TelstraNews

Starts new tests with prototype device.

Telstra is set to bring 2Gbps theoretical peak speeds to “high traffic” portions of its LTE network later this year.

The telco first launched gigabit speeds on 4G in CBD zones in early 2017, and is now hoping to double that to 2Gbps over LTE.

Group managing director of networks Mike Wright said the telco had started tests overnight in an Ericsson lab in Sweden “with a prototype commercial device”.

The tests followed an earlier demonstration of the technology at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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

Telstra set to deploy 2Gbps 4G before end of year

15 Jun 2018
TelstraNews

Spectrum refarming and new technology to be a 4G foundation for Telstra as 5G approaches, its director of Networks Mike Wright has told ZDNet.

Telstra has teamed up with Ericsson, Netgear, and Qualcomm to successfully test a 2Gbps prototype LTE device in an Ericsson lab in Sweden.

The test involved an aggregation of 100MHz from a combination of low and mid-band spectrum, combined with 4x4 multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) technology, and a Netgear Nighthawk mobile router.

Telstra director of Networks Mike Wright told ZDNet the company will retrofit 2Gbps LTE on some of its towers before the end of the year.

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How a Huawei 5G ban is about more than espionage

15 Jun 2018
InTheNews

The expected ban of controversial Chinese equipment maker Huawei from 5G mobile networks in Australia on fears of espionage reads like a plot point from a John le Carre novel.

But the decision will have an impact on Australia's $40 billion a year telecoms market - potentially hurting Telstra's rivals.

It looks like Huawei, already banned from any involvement in the NBN, has next to no chance of being involved in the next generation of mobile services in Australia.

The company, which has been accused of spying by lawmakers in the US,  and criticised for its links to the Chinese military and government was "all but certain" to be blocked from supplying equipment for 5G wireless networks, The Australian Financial Review reported this week.

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

New mobile tower established in Waroona as part of Black Spot Program

15 Jun 2018
InTheNews

Waroona residents should have improved mobile phone and internet reception after a new communications tower was established in the region.

The new mobile base station north of Waroona has been built as part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

Member for Canning Andrew Hastie welcomed the completion of the tower and said Peel residents deserved better mobile coverage.

“The Waroona north mobile base station is a critical piece of infrastructure for our local community,” he said. 

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

Mobile black spot areas

15 Jun 2018
InTheNews

The Australian Labor Party will invest $2 million to address mobile black spots in the north west if it is elected at the next federal election.

Prioritising Circular Head, West Coast and King Island, mobile black spot areas within the community will be identified based on community need.

Labor Candidate for Braddon Justine Keay said consultation would be undertaken with residents, local and state governments, emergency services and mobile network operators.

“We know that the lack of mobile connectivity is having a huge impact on our tourism sector and agricultural sector,” Ms Keay said.

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

Community meeting invites residents to speak about phone coverage

15 Jun 2018
InTheNews

Local mobile phone coverage is set to take centre stage in Grabben Gullen next month.

Grabben Gullen Community Progress Association (GGCPA) president Scott Montgomery hopes the community meeting planned will result in improved coverage in the village.

Currently, conflicting services have resulted in users stuck between either an internet or phone service for their communications.

The tug-of-war of accessibility has been identified by Mr Montgomery as “a situation” for residents.

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

Hastie shines light on Waroona black spot

15 Jun 2018
InTheNews

The Member for Canning was in Waroona to open a new mobile tower.

Residents in Waroona will now have improved mobile phone reception and improved mobile broadband thanks to a newly installed mobile tower.

The new mobile base station, which is located just north of Waroona, is part of the Coalition Government's Mobile Black Spot Program, giving greater access to the online market for local farms, residents, businesses and tourists.

Member for Canning Andrew Hastie welcomed the completion of the tower, saying he remained committed to securing better mobile service in the Peel region.

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

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