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Call for the community to nominate mobile black spots

25 Sep 2018
InTheNews

Members of the public are being encouraged by local politicians to identify and nominate mobile black spots for the next round of the $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

Round four of the program was announced in June this year with the Federal Government investing $25 million to eliminate further mobile black spots in regional Australia.

Federal members of Parliament and local councils can make submissions on behalf of their constituents to the national mobile black spot database.

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

Federal Members to nominate what areas with mobile black spots should be funded next

25 Sep 2018
InTheNews

If you're living in a mobile phone black spot area, now is the time to contact your Federal Member of Parliament about the issue.

The Federal Government is calling on mobile black spot nominations from Federal Members along with councils and state governments, to identify locations for the next round of the $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

Round 4 of the program was announced in June this year with the Coalition investing $25 million to eliminate mobile black spots in regional Australia.

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

Telstra trials drones that can improve mobile coverage in emergencies

25 Sep 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra has used its annual conference in Melbourne to demonstrate the trials it's conducted with drones in the hope they could be used to aid in emergency situations in the future.

During Telstra Vantage in Melbourne this week, the telco uncovered its 'cell on wheels' (COW) drones, building on its mobile base stations it uses to temporarily improve mobile coverage in scenarios like natural disasters, where infrastructure has been damaged or where extra bandwidth is needed.

The drones are fitted with a mobile small cell to improve network coverage over a small area either through tethered backhaul by wiring a network cable directly to the drone from the ground, or through a wireless line of site extension from mobile tower.

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

Wilsons Ck Telstra tower rejected

25 Sep 2018
TelstraNews

A unanimous vote by councillors at Thursday’s meeting (Sept 20)  has refused a development application (DA) for a 3G and 4G mobile tower in Wilsons Creek, located behind Mullumbimby.

The proposal for a Telstra mobile telecommunications facility, including a 35 metre monopole, six antennae and ancillary equipment drew fierce opposition from residents who claim that the ‘safe’ electromagnetic energy (EME) radiation levels specified by ARPANSA and the Australian government are in fact unsafe.  

Steve Toneguzzo spoke in morning access. A resident of Huonbrook for 13 years, Mr Toneguzzo is also is the chair of Environment and Community Safe from Radiation Inc (www.ECSFR.Com.au).

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

Esperance residents urged to push for Black Spot funding

25 Sep 2018
InTheNews

Farmers in the Esperance region are being urged to lobby for funding to improve internet coverage in the area.

The Australian Government opened the National Mobile Black Spot Database for a four week period on September 13 to support round 4 of the Mobile Black Spot Program .

Local, state and federal representatives have been invited to nominate black spot locations and the public are encouraged to make their issues known.

The fourth round is set to deliver $25 million of telecommunications funding. 

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

Henderson talks up better mobile coverage at Bells Beach

25 Sep 2018
TelstraNews

CORANGAMITE federal member Sarah Henderson has announced there will be better mobile phone reception in Bells Beach following the construction of a new base station there, and wants to hear about mobile black spots across her electorate.

Ms Henderson said the small cell mobile base station at Bells Beach would be the 19th to be funded in Corangamite.

Of these, 10 – Apollo Bay, Cape Otway, Carlisle River, Gellibrand, Kawarren, Barangarook, Yeodone, Steiglitz, Dereel and Hordern Vale – have been completed and are now live.

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

Optus outage hits 4G services

21 Sep 2018
OptusNews

A fault on the Optus' 4G network is disrupting customers across the country this afternoon.

The telco confirmed it was “experiencing issues” with both mobile data and phone calls, and suggested those affected toggle 3G for the time being. 

"We have identified a fault which means that some customers may be experiencing issues with calls. There’s no need to troubleshoot at your end," an Optus support officer wrote on a company message board. 

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

Telstra's power bill shock: Energy costs jumped by $200m in two years

21 Sep 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra chief executive Andy Penn is aggressively looking to mitigate energy costs that have slashed earnings by $200 million over the past two years as the telco is readying to build out Australia’s ultra-fast next generation 5G mobile network.

Mr Penn told Fairfax Media during Telstra's annual technology conference in Melbourne on Wednesday that electricity prices have jumped significantly in recent years. The bill shock comes as the company is looking to cut $2.5 billion in costs by 2022 as part of a radical turnaround of the business.

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

Toowoomba tower powers Telstra's world-first live 2Gbps LTE call

21 Sep 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra and its partners are claiming a world first for a successful 2Gbps capable LTE call on a commercial network.

Ericsson, Telstra and Qualcomm Technologies have made a 2Gbps capable LTE data call using Telstra's live commercial network in Toowoomba (Queensland).

Lab testing achieved this speed early this year, and that was followed by a public demonstration at Mobile World Congress.

The partners have now shown this level of performance is possible in the field.

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

Stop Press | Should kids of today be allowed a mobile device?

21 Sep 2018
InTheNews

Federal education minister Dan Tehan has given his support to teachers who take mobile phones from kids at the start of class to stop them texting or playing video games when they’re supposed to be learning.

A few months back a Dubbo magistrate annoyed about mobile phones ringing in his courtroom told the gallery to switch them off or else he’d get the sheriff’s officer to confiscate and keep them.

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

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