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Outback families demand more reliable internet for education and other online services

14 Jun 2018
InTheNews

Queensland's peak body helping isolated families in rural communities have emphasised the need for reliable internet coverage in the bush.

Natalie Kenny lives at a property between Charters Towers and Clermont about 200 kilometres from the closest town centre and said she relied heavily on online services.

Without the assistance of reliable internet, her seven-year-old son Will would not receive consistent speech and linguistic lessons.

The mother of four explained that prior to receiving the service Will lacked confidence and school was a struggle.

"He was a good student, but he just couldn't get the hang of things," she explained.

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

Telstra working to fix mobile service issue

14 Jun 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra is working to resolve an issue impacting mobile services in the Camden Haven. 

A Telstra spokesperson said the issue is believed to have started on Sunday, June 10 at about 5.30pm and is affecting a mobile base station near Laurieton. 

“We are aware of an issue impacting mobile services in Laurieton and our technicians are working to fix the issue as quickly as possible,” a company spokesperson said. 

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

New Waroona mobile phone tower to improve reception across Peel region

14 Jun 2018
InTheNews

A NEW mobile tower has opened in Waroona to improve mobile phone and broadband reception across the Peel region.

The new mobile base station north of Waroona, built as part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, will benefit local residents, farms, businesses and tourists.

Canning MHR Andrew Hastie welcomed the completion of the tower and said he remained committed to securing better mobile service in the Peel region.

“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. (communitynews.com.au)

Improved mobile range for rural communities

14 Jun 2018
InTheNews

MORE communities across regional and remote Australia will receive new or improved mobile coverage, under a fourth round of the Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot Program.

The new round will focus on driving improved outcomes for regional businesses and residents, tourism, health, education and emergency services.

Mobile network operators will have an opportunity in the second half of this year to apply for round four funding through a competitive tender process.

Input will also be sought from community organisations and state and local government to ensure black spot locations that will provide strong economic benefits are considered.

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

Mobile operators, Telstra ramp up IoT, 5G deployments

14 Jun 2018
TelstraNews

Commercial rollouts of 5G and larger than previously forecasted deployments of cellular IoT, including by Telstra, are ramping up globally, according to the latest mobility report from Ericsson.

Ericsson says forecasts for cellular IoT connections have nearly doubled since November 2017, and are now expected to reach an estimated 3.5 billion in 2023 – driven by ongoing large-scale deployments in China.

Mobile operators have launched more than 60 cellular IoT networks worldwide using these technologies over the same underlying LTE network to support diverse use cases.

In North America, these cases are centred on logistics and fleet management, while in China the focus is on smart cities and smart agriculture.

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

Satellite small cells from Telstra for remote mobile, wifi networks

13 Jun 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra has a new commercial offering to bring limited telecommunications to previously unserviceable rural and remote areas.

Small towns, agribusinesses, tourist destinations and remote worksites will be doing the sums on the company’s satellite small cell - a smaller, cheaper version of the existing non-satellite base small cell system that connects to the network via cable or fibre.

The satellite small cell provides voice, text and basic internet browsing - with download speeds between 2 megabits per second and 6mbps - which won’t make it easy to watch videos, but should accommodate email and social media use.

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

Black Spot Program grows in regional Australia

13 Jun 2018
InTheNews

MP Angus Taylor has announced a fourth round of the Mobile Black Spot Program in an effort to deliver more coverage to regional and remote communities.

The new round is part of the $25 million commitment by the coalition for better communication services in regional Australia.

“In Hume over the past two years, 12 towers have been switched on or are about to be switched on,” he said.

“I’ve seen firsthand the benefits that reliable mobile connectivity can bring to these communities and I will be fighting hard to secure funding for more towers in Hume under this new round.”

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

Telstra's 4GX-lite mobile satellite small-cell launches with first customer, 'bridging coverage gap'

12 Jun 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra's new 4GX-lite Mobile Satellite Small Cell offering has launched, offering "a new solution to help people living and working in some of Australia’s most remote places purchase their own coverage extension of the Telstra 4GX mobile service".

A smaller, lower cost version of a standard mobile base station, Telstra's new 4GX-lite satellite small-cell "gives customers access to Telstra’s 4GX-lite service which delivers most of the benefits of Telstra's 4GX service including voice calls, text, email, browsing and basic data, although due to constraints with the satellite backhaul it is not intended to support data heavy applications, like high definition video streaming or video calling and conferencing".

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

Telstra working to fix mobile service issue

12 Jun 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra is working to resolve an issue impacting mobile services in the Camden Haven. 

A Telstra spokesperson said the issue is believed to have started on Sunday, June 10 at about 5.30pm and is affecting a mobile base station near Laurieton. 

“We are aware of an issue impacting mobile services in Laurieton and our technicians are working to fix the issue as quickly as possible,” a company spokesperson said. 

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

Fires highlight mobile coverage issues

12 Jun 2018
InTheNews

GARVOC is one of many south-west towns in need of an upgrade to mobile phone coverage, its community association says.

Adam Bellman, secretary of Garvoc District Residents Incorporated, said residents in the town could not make or receive phone calls during the St Patrick’s Day fires.

“The reception is pretty ordinary, it’s pretty patchy,” Mr Bellman said.

The issue is set to be addressed under a plan to improve telecommunications in regional Australia, according to Bridget McKenzie, the Minister for Regional Communications.

Coverage will be improved through an investment of $25 million under the Coalition’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

Ms McKenzie said the latest round would ensure regional Australians were not left behind.

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

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