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NetComm claims ‘world’s fastest’ 4G fixed wireless device

17 Feb 2018
InTheNews

NetComm Wireless is claiming the world’s fastest 4G LTE fixed wireless outdoor device with the launch of its next generation LTE Intelligent Fixed Wireless Access unit (IFWA-6xx) which will be used to deliver broadband to customers on the NBN.

According to NetComm, the IFWA-6xx is the first technology of its kind to integrate an antenna design with network grade diagnostics and the capacity to deliver fibre equivalent broadband services to homes and businesses in rural and underserved areas worldwide.

The IFWA-6xx is the third generation of NetComm Wireless' fixed wireless technology, and the vendor says it “is set to bring world-class broadband to customers” on the NBN Fixed Wireless network later this year.

NetComm says the IFWA-6xx comprises of a series of network-grade LTE CAT 16 devices with the capacity to deliver gigabit speeds, while providing support for global LTE FDD and TDD bands, including the CBRS band in North America.

The new technology is designed to meet the spectrum availability, geographic and service level requirements of network operators and service providers in global markets.

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

Mayor Seeks Blackspot Funding For Russell Island

17 Feb 2018
InTheNews

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has visited the Federal Government to lobby for improved mobile phone service as part of the Australian Government’s $220M black spot funding program.

Cr Williams said Council had been lobbying the Federal Government for years for additional mobile coverage in the Redlands, particularly North Stradbroke Island and Russell Island.
 
“There are a number of locations in Redland City where mobile coverage is less than ideal and we have been asking the Federal Government to prioritise these areas for a number of years,” she said.
 
“Of particular concern are North Stradbroke Island and Russell Island, with the current lack of reliable mobile coverage creating community and safety concerns.
 
“I met with the office of Minister for Regional Communications, Bridgette McKenzie in Canberra on Wednesday and requested North Stradbroke Island and Russell Island be included in the next round of black spot funding.

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

Tesltra Urges Gov To Bring 5G Auction Forward

17 Feb 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra Chief Executive, Andrew Penn, is urging the Australian Federal Government to move up the planned auction of 5G spectrum – claiming it’s amidst discussions to fast-track procedures.

The 5G spectrum auction is scheduled for October this year.

According to The Australian, Penn affirms the auction needs to take place “as early as possible”, in order to launch 5G by next year.

“What’s most important is that the first round of spectrum comes to the market as early as possible”

“It’s already been brought forward from 2019 and we have been having discussions to encourage how it can be brought forward”

“The spectrum is obviously pretty important in the overall value equation of the distribution of mobile technology. You have the towers and then you have the spectrum and this upcoming auction will be very important”.

Many market commentators speculate 5G could be a major threat the NBN. Telcos could cut their NBN wholesale access volumes, whilst some users may be able to access comparatively faster speeds.

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

Telstra-backed trial achieves 2Gbps downloads over 4G

16 Feb 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra, Ericsson, Netgear and Qualcomm have achieved wireless data transfer speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second during in-lab testing.

The demonstration used 100MHz of spectrum across three different frequency bands and employed Ericsson's Baseband 6630, Radio 4415, and Gigabit LTE network software.

The NetGear Nighthawk mobile router used for the test is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X24 Category 20 LTE modem chipset.

“With the ever-increasing demand for data and the need to provide our customers with a superior user experience, we are always striving to provide new solutions and develop advanced technologies,” Telstra’s managing director of networks, Mike Wright, said in a statement.

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

Mobile signal boost

16 Feb 2018
TelstraNews

Strathmerton residents and visitors persistently dogged by poor phone reception in the area will finally see some improvements in coverage after Telstra announced that $12million will be spent on 20 projects delivering new or improved mobile coverage for people living, working or travelling in and around Bendigo and northern Victoria.

The investment will be delivered through capacity and speed upgrades to existing base stations, new small cells for 4G coverage, as well as Telstra’s contribution to the Mobile Black Spot Program.

‘‘We know mobile coverage is a key priority for people and businesses in regional and rural area. In northern Victoria, this investment includes three projects to upgrade our mobile network in locations such as Stanhope and Strathmerton,’’ Telstra area general manager Steve Tinker said.

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

30% to abandon NBN for wireless: ALP report claim

10 Feb 2018
NbnNews

A new ACCC co-funded survey has been cited by the Australian Labor Party as showing that 30% of households could abandon the NBN and switch to wireless broadband. The number stands in in stark contrast to NBN Co projections.

A survey by Venture Insights came to this conclusion. (The full survey costs a packet and is not available to link to.)

Labor's communications spokesperson Michelle Rowland said this contrasted with the 2018 corporate plan issued by the NBN Co, where the assumption had been made that only 15% would use wireless between now and 2040.

"This is despite a 15% substitution rate right now, with a second-rate network that will become increasingly exposed to competition over the next five years," she said.

"The tragedy is Turnbull has built an inferior NBN that is exposing taxpayers to risks he has spent over four years trying to deny:

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

NBN Co's 5G spectrum price blown away at auction

10 Feb 2018
NbnNews

Confirmed to be below market value.

The government will face renewed pressure this year over prized 5G spectrum that is parked with NBN Co at a fraction of its commercial value.

The 3.4GHz and 3.5GHz spectrum - which covers metropolitan outskirts - was reserved for NBN Co’s use back in 2014 for $0.03 per MHz per member of the population ($/MHz/pop) in a given area.

But recent auction results in the band - including prices paid by NBN Co itself - show it is now worth between 16 and 64 times more than what was described as a “market rate” in 2014.

At auction late last year, Telstra paid $50 million - or $0.50/MHz/pop - for 32.5MHz of prime 5G spectrum in Brisbane.

NBN Co also bid for some extra 3.5GHz spectrum in Hobart and Launceston, paying $1.61 and $1.29 per MHz per population respectively.

Both sets of results show the market value of the band has greatly increased since NBN Co was granted rights to use a large proportion of it for only $0.03/MHz/pop.

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

Black spot concern

10 Feb 2018
InTheNews

State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed has grave concerns for what poor connectivity in Katandra West and Katunga could mean in the event of an emergency.

Ms Sheed said inadequate mobile reception in Shepparton district towns was just not acceptable, that it was a safety issue and may be affecting the welfare of communities.

She used a constituency question in parliament this week to quiz the Victorian Government on progress toward removing the Shepparton-area blackspots.

‘‘Can you please advise what action is being taken to appropriately assess and improve the significant lack of mobile phone reception in the Shepparton electorate and to ensure my constituents receive the service they deserve?’’ she asked.

‘‘Katunga is a town in my electorate that was already identified as a priority area, and indeed many constituents in that area have voiced their concern about lack of coverage for years.

‘‘Katandra West is in a similar situation.’’

Ms Sheed said phone reception should not be a luxury in the modern day and that it was a safety issue for the towns, which needed to be addressed as a priority.

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

The year ahead for regional investment

10 Feb 2018
TelstraNews

With hundreds of new base stations, small cells and site upgrades built over the last 6 months or scheduled around the country during the next 6 months, this financial year (FY18) is shaping up as a big year for expanding mobile coverage for regional Australia.

Whenever we meet our customers who live, holiday or work in regional Australia, whether we’re serving them at a regional store or chatting at a community event, the one thing they all share with us is the importance of mobile coverage. Coverage that means they can connect to each other, to businesses, to emergency services.

This isn’t an emerging theme, and we have been building a network that supports the connectivity needs of our regional customers for decades.

Over the previous three financial years alone, Telstra has invested $2.2 billion in its regional mobile network so more Australians can experience a connected world that supports their way of life.

Our mobile network coverage is around one million square kilometres larger than any other provider in Australia – that’s equivalent to the landmass of the United Kingdom and France combined.

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

End of January Update

03 Feb 2018
OzTowers

Optus has added a further 19 sites to its network with 6 in VIC and 4 in WA but all states other than ACT received new towers. Several small cell satellite backhaul sites were also deployed in SA, NT and WA. Optus also seems to have slacked off on the 4G rollout front, upgrading only 27 sites, and has announced their 5G network will be switched on early next year. Optus has officially announced a 5G proposal site at their Sydney Campus using 5g-3700mhz and 5g-27ghz.

Vodafone continues their stella start to the year adding a further 8 sites to their network. Vodafone has also begun deploying nb-iot sites using the 900mhz band and was upgrading sites across metro areas as well as a few larger regional centres. In addition to this Vodafone is also continuing to deploy their 4G2100 refarming spectrum from 3G. 

Telstra manages to add 6 new sites as well as upgrading a further 73 sites. Upgrades were mostly focused on the east coast as well as a few around Perth metro and consisted of 4G700 and 4G2600 upgrades.

TPG added 3 more proposals around the north of Sydney.

NBN also added 3 new sites, as well as 3 site upgrades.

The low band 700mhz 4G gap between Optus and Telstra has decreased by 34 sites as Optus signals its focus towards 5G. Optus is still ahead of Telstra in 4G700 by 910 sites. If this trend continues then Telstra should catch up to Optus sometime mid to late this year.

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