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Govt calls on industry to help hash out Australia’s 5G rollout

14 Oct 2017
InTheNews

Local telcos may soon get a clearer view of how commercial 5G networks will be rolled out in Australia, with the Federal Government putting the wheels in motion to get the country ready for the technology.

On 12 October, the Government released a 5G directions paper, revealing it would convene a working group, bringing in industry and Government representatives, to drive the deployment of 5G mobile technology in Australia.

The Government said its work will support the “timely” rollout of 5G in Australia in order to enable the next wave of broad-based industry productivity and to foster the growth of Australia's digital economy.

“The commercial rollout of 5G mobile networks is expected to commence in 2020,” a statement by the Federal Minister for Communications, Mitch Fifield, said. “5G will support improved connectivity, significantly faster data speeds, and very low latency.

“These characteristics will enable 5G to underpin substantial economic and social benefits across the economy,” it said.

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

Australia moves one step closer to 5G with gigabit speeds

14 Oct 2017
InTheNews

The federal government in Australia, led by internet entrepreneur and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, has released a 5G directions paper and announced that it will convene a working group to drive the deployment of 5G mobile technology in the country.

While Australians have already shown an insatiable appetite for mobile technology using existing 3G and 4G networks, the significant technological advances offered by 5G will, the government has said, provide new opportunities across a range of sectors.

This is why the federal government has announced that it will support the “timely rollout” of 5G in Australia to enable the next wave of broad-based industry productivity and “to foster the growth of Australia's digital economy.”

The commercial rollout of 5G mobile networks is expected to commence in 2020, the government’s Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said on Thursday. 5G will support improved connectivity, significantly faster data speeds, and very low latency. These characteristics will enable 5G to underpin substantial economic and social benefits across the economy.

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

Small rural telcos surge as NBN misses mark

13 Oct 2017
InTheNews

Regional providers take advantage of bandwidth demand.

NBN Co is facing increased competition from a growing band of grassroots telcos that are bringing superior high-speed internet services to regional and rural communities.

Despite 80 percent of the NBN rollout to date occurring in regional and rural Australia – including twin Sky Muster satellites to bring broadband to all corners of Australia – a large number of mostly fixed wireless operators have sprung up in towns across the country.

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) counts 29 independent fixed wireless operators servicing local areas across the country.

A map maintained by Better Internet for Regional, Rural and Remote (BIRRR) Australia, however, suggests over 130 independent network operators have set up in NBN and mobile blackspots.

Their numbers have likely been bolstered by the fact that the government does not consider them as competitors to the NBN for the purposes of its planned broadband tax. (NBN Co and other industry players disagree with this assessment).

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

Vodafone switches on commercial NB-IoT services

13 Oct 2017
VodafoneNews

Launches NB-IoT network in parts of Melbourne and Sydney ahead of broader rollout

Vodafone has begun the progressive rollout of services based on the Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) standard.

Vodafone has launched NB-IoT commercial services in Frankston and Port Melbourne in Victoria, and in North Sydney in NSW.

“We’re planning to go beyond that into greater Melbourne and surrounding areas in November and then continuing the rollout with a focus on Sydney and Canberra,” Vodafone’s executive general manager of enterprise, Stuart Kelly, told Computerworld.

The rollout across the rest of Australia will be driven by the needs of Vodafone’s enterprise customers and the NB-IoT projects they are working on, Kelly told Computerworld.

“We have a very strong IoT customer base within Vodafone Australia and an awful lot of those guys are very eager to talk — and they have been talking to us — about NB-IoT,” Kelly said. “We’ll utilise the knowledge and the skillset of Vodafone Group to assist our customers to plan for their NB-IoT journey,” he said.

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

Virgin Mobile's 17th birthday delivers 'red hot offers'

12 Oct 2017
OptusNews

Virgin Mobile is sweet seventeen, and in celebration is offering you some special discount deals with dollops of added data to delight and for download.

If you're looking for a provider to offer you a competitive plan, along with some discounting or special offer, there's no lack of such deals at the moment.

Whether it's Kogan Mobile offering a new special, Boost giving you half off for the first month and data-free Apple Music, Belong Mobile offering gifts of data, Vaya with its always low prices, OVO with ever better value massive mobile data, and a host of other telco and MVNO deals, the golden age of mobile voice and data is upon us.

In the mix of value, special member offers and more has always been Virgin Mobile, once an innocent newbie in the telco game, but now, after seventeen years, an experienced operator that knows what its customers want and how best to attract new ones.

It is the latter customer base that Virgin Mobile is batting its eyelids to this time, with some easy-to-understand deals designed to tempt you into taking up Virgin Mobile's offer, with a deadline of 8 November before the deals are done and dusted.

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

Vodafone IoT Barometer report for 2017/18: APAC ahead of the pack

12 Oct 2017
VodafoneNews

With the adoption of IoT technologies having "more than doubled" since Vodafone launched its first Barometer in 2013, IoT is creating new services, transforming businesses and more.

Vodafone repots the Internet of Things, or IoT, has "come a long way" since the company published its first IoT Barometer back in 2013, with "the number of organisations deploying IoT 'at scale' – meaning 50,000+ devices and more) has doubled over the past 12 months".

Today, Vodafone reports organisations are "using IoT to create completely new services and transform their businesses."

Indeed, we're told that "two-thirds of companies that have adopted IoT say that it’s already mission-critical. And nearly all of them have already seen a return on their investment".

On top of that, the company reports "those returns can be significant – where organisations reported an increase in revenue from adopting IoT, it averaged 19%. Where they reported a reduction in costs, the average was 16%".

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

Digital drought wake up call needed to advance telecommunications for agriculture

12 Oct 2017
InTheNews

TELECOMMUNICATION has become critical to agriculture productivity, but savvy reform to bridge the often frustrating gap between producer and reliable digital solution is required.

University of New England McClymont Distinguished Professor David Lamb says Australia needs “a three way wake-up call” to make the necessary changes to capture the benefits of precision agriculture.

Professor Lamb’s wake up calls spell out the need for: readily available access to information on infrastructure (on locations of mobile towers or underground cables); industry groups like Rural Development Corporations (RDCs) to bridge the extension gap and educate farmers about digital opportunities; service providers to prioritise improvement to connection speeds.

“Farmers have practiced precision ag for 20 years now,” Prof. Lamb said.

“They can see the value in accessing digital connectivity to improve decision-making. I have come across farmers that don’t blink at paying $40,000, even up to $100,000 for telecommunications solutions.

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

4G Newbridge antenna trouble

12 Oct 2017
TelstraNews

On Wednesday October 4 Newbridge resident Sharni Latham was surprised to find a pair of workers installing an antenna on top of the Telstra telephone exchange located within her property on Trunkey St, Newbridge.

Not because the Visionstream contractors were there at all, more that she, nor anyone else in the village, knew anything at all about it.

Located on a corner of a block of land that Ms Latham leases to Telstra, her biggest concern is the radiation that the antenna will emit considering that it’s right in the centre of the village, and only three metres from her proposed home development.

“None of the neighbours, or anybody at Sunday’s village meeting, received any letters at all from VisionStream even though Blayney council has shown us all the information that they received about work being done,” she said.

Ms Latham said that she has has had a development application passed to construct a house right next door to the exchange and the possible effects of the tower are of greatest concern.

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

Optus say yes to new Southern Downs connection

11 Oct 2017
OptusNews

SWITCHING on faster data connection for regional mobile users is behind a new mobile tower on the Southern Downs.

Optus switched on the tower co-located on the existing NBN Co tower at Careys Rd at Emu Vale on Monday.

The site is one of three on the Southern Downs to be funded under the Federal Government Mobile Black Spot Program.

Others base stations include Goomburra and The Summit.

Andrew Sheridan, vice-president for Optus regulatory and public affairs, said the new tower would provide faster data connection to residents in Emu Vale and Yangan and travellers within a 10km area.

"We are pleased to be a part of the Mobile Black Spot Program and to be able to deliver crucial telecommunications infrastructure to regional and remote areas across Australia,” Mr Sheridan said.

"Optus remains committed to co- and individual investment across a range of townships and locations in regional Australia that helps us provide coverage and reach in areas that we otherwise may not have been able to.

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

Yangan and Emu Vale townships get new dedicated mobile reception via Optus and Govt

09 Oct 2017
OptusNews

Yangan and Emu Vale residents will receive "dedicated wide area mobile reception" with the site to be "co-funded by Optus, Queensland and Federal Governments."

Optus has announced the townships of Yangan and Emu Vale, east of Warwick in Queensland’s Southern Downs, will receive mobile reception following the switch-on of a new tower in the area, as part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

Additional investment is also locked in for the Southern Downs and Western Queensland."

We're told the site signals wide area mobile and data reception for Yangan and Emu Vale and "forms part of a greater network investment program being undertaken by Optus with the Federal and State Government to deliver coverage in 21 locations across regional Queensland.

Andrew Sheridan, Optus VP of Regulatory and Public Affairs said: “Today’s tower switch on is great news for the residents of Yangan, Emu Vale and surrounding properties.

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

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