The best mobile network by city: Optus takes crown from Telstra overall
Optus has taken the crown from Telstra for the first time in four years, in a benchmark test comparing Australia's three leading mobile network operators across voice and data services.
The P3 Connect Mobile Benchmark Australian test gives each network a ranking based on measurements across nine large cities, 19 smaller towns and 6400 kilometres of major roads, and provides a grading for networks based on the quality of two categories: voice and data.
Optus was the most improved network over 2017, taking out the top score for voice and improving its data score, giving it an overall ranking of 887. This is the first time it has achieved the top ranking, largely as a result of its improvements in regional areas.
It improved 50 points from the previous year to overtake Telstra's score of 884 out of 1000. Last year, Telstra was awarded top spot overall and this year it remained the top network for data.
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Mobile black spots: Who's getting an upgrade?
PATCHY mobile phone coverage in areas north of Mackay area is about to improve.
Mt Ossa and Yalbaroo residents will soon be able to access new or improved mobile coverage with the start of the Priority Locations round of the Mobile Black Spot Program.
In Dawson, two mobile black spot locations are already being addressed under the first two rounds of the program, with a new mobile tower built on the Bowen Developmental Rd, between Bowen and Collinsville, and another mobile tower to be completed at Woodwark in the Whitsundays next year.
"It's fantastic to see that the Mt Ossa and Yalboroo communities, as well as all those who travel the Bruce Highway between Mackay and the Whitsundays, is one step closer to receiving new and improved mobile coverage,” Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said.
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Grose Vale black spot tower tender process opened by government
THE federal government has opened the tender process a mobile phone tower, which should deliver and fix a mobile phone black spot in the Grose Vale area.
Two black spots in the Hawkesbury are scheduled to be fixed by building new towers through funding from the federal government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.
The funding from the program is to fix black spot areas, particularly in regions which are prone to bush fires and affect the safety of residents.
One tower is to be built at Grose Vale, while the other will be built at St Albans, which is being funded through the ‘Priority Locations Round’.
The priority locations round of funding is meant to deliver 106 mobile phone towers across the country according to the federal government.
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Region's beaches getting better mobile connection
OUR region's beaches are always brimming with holiday-makers and this festive season will be no different.
With social media set to be in overdrive with happy summer snaps, family posts and more, Telstra has announced mobile coverage upgrades to three of Bundaberg's most popular holiday spots.
Coral Cove, Burnett Heads and Elliott Heads are three locations that will receive upgrades to the network in time to keep holiday-makers connected over the break.
Telstra area general manager May Boisen said the move will relieve summer holiday anxiety.
"Holidays are about staying connected, with 66% of Queenslanders checking social media to see what friends and family are up to, and 67% using their phone to see what happening in the news,” Ms Boisen said. "Every year we see more and more demand for mobile services on beaches, national parks and camping spots around the country. "This is driving our investment in new coverage and improving 3G and 4G capacity at holiday spots across Queensland.”
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Regional WA not in round three of Mobile Black Spot Program
The Esperance region is not missing out on improved communications capability despite missing out on the latest round of federal government funding, according to O’Connor MP Rick Wilson.
This comes after WA regional development minister Alannah Mactiernan lashed out at the federal government for only selecting one regional WA site for its mobile black spot funding.
“Our GST share is just the tip of the iceberg: now WA is now being ripped off by the Federal Government on mobile black spot funding,” she said.
However, a spokesperson for Federal Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said WA received highest number of new or improved base stations in the country under the first two rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program.
“The regional electorates of O’Connor and Durack will receive 175 new mobile towers under rounds one and two of the program, this represents 23 per cent of all towers under the first two rounds,” the spokesperson said.
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Seeing red on black spots
WA has been short-changed in the latest round of Mobile Black Spot Funding, drawing criticism from Agriculture and Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan.
The $60 million-a-year black-spot program, driven by the Federal Government, aims to improve mobile coverage along major regional transport routes, in small communities and in priority locations.
But only seven WA locations were selected of 106 available nationwide in the latest round, announced last week.
Of these, just one — Serpentine/Keysbrook — is in a regional area. The other six, Bickley, Bullsbrook, Chidlow, Parkerville, Swan Valley and Lake Clifton, are on the urban fringe.
The WA Government contributed more than $53 million to the program over the past three years — $20 million more than the next highest contributing State.
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Telstra's 4G technology arriving in rural town
A new tower has been proposed for the town south-west of Ipswich.
Telstra plans to build the mobile tower, described as a "small cell" facility, along Rosevale-Aratula Rd.
A Telstra tower already exists on the block.
The new tower will introduce Telstra's 4G Technology to Rosevale. It will process data and can be used to make voice calls with a 4G phone that has VOLTE capability.
The proposed upgrade is out for public consultation until December 14.
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New tower commissioned
CATHY McGowan (MHR, Indi) and Telstra representatives have promised to continue to address mobile phone coverage issues in Alpine communities.
Officially launching Rosewhite’s new telephone tower last Wednesday, Ms McGowan and Telstra area general manager for east and south west Victoria Loretta Willaton said Kancoona would be one of the next blackspots to be assessed.
“Kancoona is on the list and has been since the start,” Ms McGowan said.
“I hope after today we can work out how that community, which was so badly affected by the Black Saturday bushfires (in 2009) can get the connectivity it needs.”
Ms Willaton said Telstra was looking at alternative options to provide a solution to phone coverage in one of the Kiewa Valley’s most isolated areas.
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'SOS only': Why not to rely on your mobile phone in an emergency
People travelling in remote areas are being urged not to rely on the 'SOS' capacity of their mobile phones, following a string of rescues in which stranded travellers tried fruitlessly to call for help.
Mobile phones moved outside of mobile reception areas often display an 'SOS only' alert, suggesting a call or message could be sent in an emergency situation.
However Chris Althaus, from the Australia Mobile Telecommunications Association, said the system only allowed the phone to send a message via an alternative carrier, meaning there was no way of summoning help if you were outside the reach of all mobile phone services.
"'SOS only typically means that your phone is outside the coverage area of the service providers you're contracted to; however, if you are still within range of somebody's mobile network, you will still be able to make a triple-zero call," he said.
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Tower set to deliver stronger coverage to Far North mobile ‘black spot’
OUTAGES could be a thing of the past for residents of a notorious Far North mobile “black spot”.
Telstra has lodged a development application with Cairns Regional Council for a new telecommunications tower to be built at Goldsborough, southwest of the city at the foot of the Gillies Range.
The proposal is for a 40m monopole tower to be constructed on council-owned land near Pannakin St.
A report prepared by Visionstream, on behalf of Telstra, says the tower will form an “integral component” in the enhancement of Goldsborough’s mobile service.
“The proposed works provide the community with reliable 4G access which in turn supports the various rural and tourist industries in the region and forms part of a wider plan to ensure reliable and accessible coverage during emergency situations such as bush fires,” it says.
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