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Optus to offer fixed wireless over 5G

03 Feb 2018
OptusNews

NBN rival?

Optus has fired a warning shot at NBN Co, unveiling plans to offer high-speed fixed wireless services in key metro areas based on 5G technology.

The telco today said it intended to start rolling out its 5G network in Australia “by early 2019”.

However, rather than being a straight mobile play, it will begin by offering a fixed wireless product aimed at city users.

Telcos have been emboldened to build out fixed wireless networks over the past year because the government considers mobile networks generally not to be competitive to its NBN build - and therefore they remain unencumbered by anti-compete measures.

To date, providers building out their own NBN-like services using fixed wireless have been in regional and rural areas, targeting NBN blackspots or areas where NBN Co’s services are slow or unreliable.

The entry of a much larger player into the fixed wireless space could force the government to reconsider its stance.

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

Optus aims for 5G fixed wireless rollout in 2019

03 Feb 2018
OptusNews

Optus plans to commence the rollout of a 5G fixed line service in Australia by early 2019, starting with key metropolitan areas.

The move comes after the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a union of several telecommunications standard development organisations, finalised most parts of the world-wide standardisation of 5G technologies.

The Singtel subsidiary’s announcement comes after the launch of an outdoor trial for 5G New Radio, which delivered 2Gbps download speeds using a potential device for a fixed wireless service in the home and business.

Optus, as with Australia’s other major wireless telecommunications network carriers, Telstra and Vodafone, has been working towards the delivery of 5G network technology for some time.

In 2017, the company launched 4.5G network technology and what it claims was a world-first trial of 3CC CA Massive MIMO technologies.

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

Littleproud calls for free data day for Downs

03 Feb 2018
TelstraNews

SOUTHERN Downs residents might enjoy a day of free Telstra mobile phone data if Member for Maranoa David Littleproud gets his way.

The telco failed residents over the busy Australia Day weekend with sluggish texts and slow internet speeds.

Warwick Telstra customer Hailley Brown-Heinemann said she had all sorts of issues with connectivity last weekend.

"It was so slow, if it worked at all,” she said.

"You expect more in this day and age.

"I think a data-free day is a great idea, and would go a long way to making up for the inconvenience.”

Mr Littleproud said the outage wasn't acceptable.

"I'm calling on Telstra to give our community a free data day to make up for network failures across the Southern Downs,” he said.

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

Dubbo Paramedics To Receive High-Tech Smart Phones

03 Feb 2018
InTheNews

Dubbo is one of three locations chosen to take part in a trial- that will see Paramedics received high-tech ruggedized smart phones.

The $314,000 trial comes as the State Government aims to tackle mobile black spots in rural and regional areas.

200 vehicles across Dubbo, Bateau Bay and Batemans Bay will be fitted with the high-tech devices, which is part of a $35 million ongoing investment into radio and critical telecommunications.

The smartphones are set to ensure Paramedics have uninterrupted phone connections no matter where they are which will allow for faster response times.

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

Telstra submits plans for new mobile phone tower in North Tamworth

03 Feb 2018
TelstraNews

TESTRA has submitted a development application for a new mobile phone tower in North Tamworth.

The $250,000 tower would stand at more than 40 metres, in between Forest and Moore Creek roads, near the waste management facility.

A development application for a second telecommunications facility has been submitted to Tamworth Regional Council.

However, information is scarce, other than it’s estimated value of $180,000 and it’s location on the corner of Nundle and Ogunbil roads.

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

$25 million fix for the region's mobile coverage

02 Feb 2018
TelstraNews

AN INVESTMENT of $25 million by Telstra will result in better mobile reception across the Northern Rivers.

Areas to receive improved services include The Channon, Ettrick and Possum Creek.

Telstra announced more than $25 million of Telstra's own funds was being spent over the financial year 2017/18 on approximately 60 projects, delivering new or improved mobile coverage for communities living, working or travelling in Northern NSW.

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 areas," Area General Manager Mike Marom said.

"This investment includes eight new projects to upgrade our mobile network in locations such as Tingha and Nowendoc, installation of 15 new black spot towers in locations such as Sherwood, The Channon, Ettrick and Possum Creek, and the installation of 13 new small cells including Ulong, Yetman and Wardell.

 

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

Tolmie and Archerton celebrate tower launch

01 Feb 2018
TelstraNews

MEMBERS of the Tolmie and Archerton communities have celebrated improved reception with the official launch of the Tolmie and Archerton mobile phone towers last week.

The communities were joined by Mansfield Shire councillors and chief executive officer Alex Green, Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi) and Telstra’s area general manager Loretta Willaton.

Ms McGowan congratulated both communities and the Wangaratta and Mansfield councils for their work in identifying the black spots as priorities.

Mansfield has eight spots funded – Tolmie, Kevington, Ancona, Enochs Point, Goughs Bay, Howqua Inlet, Sawmill Settlement and Woods Point.

“This is an achievement by both communities in partnership with their councils,” Ms McGowan said.

“It’s a testament to how effective it is when communities and all levels of government work together.

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

Telstra tower failed during grass fire in Marong on 41.8-degree day in January

01 Feb 2018
TelstraNews

MARONG was left without power and Telstra mobile reception during a recent grass fire caused by a fallen branch over powerlines.

A CFA volunteer says the situation could have left some residents unaware of the fire, which occurred on a 41-degree Celsius day with high winds.

Telstra confirmed the backup batteries on its tower near Marong failed and the area was left without mobile reception for 80 minutes while the grass fire was contained nearby.

The fire at 3.30pm on January 6, near the intersection of Birchalls Road and the Calder Highway, was caused by a fallen branch on powerlines.

A spokesperson for Telstra said the matter is being looked into.

He said there was a disruption to services because of the fire and the power being cut, and service was restored after 80 minutes. Whether the batteries need an upgrade will be investigated.

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

Nokia gets set to ship high-capacity 5G chipsets

31 Jan 2018
InTheNews

Nokia is introducing new silicon chipsets -- the building blocks of its next-generation 5G network gear -- that promise big increases in the data-handling capacity for mobile towers in densely trafficked urban areas or high-rise buildings.

Finland's Nokia, the world's No. 2 maker of mobile network gear behind China's Huawei, said on Monday that the chipsets are set to ship in volume in the third quarter and can be inserted into its existing AirScale family of 4G and 5G-ready network gear

Dubbed ReefShark, Nokia said the chipsets triple capacity to 84 gigabits per second from 28 gigabits in its existing chip modules. These modules can be stacked up to enable a single cell tower/basestation to handle up to six terabits per second.

The previous record for data consumption at a single sporting event was set at last year's Super Bowl football championship game in Houston, when US mobile operators and network equipment operators reported roughly 40 terabits, or trillions of bits, of data were consumed on game day in 2017.

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

Free payphones in three Brisbane suburbs amid patchy Telstra coverage

30 Jan 2018
TelstraNews

Some Telstra users in Australia will not be able to use data at times, text or even call over the next two months amid shopping centre upgrades that affect networks. Customers across three suburbs in Brisbane's north will particularly feel the effect, and customers in the affected areas can use payphones free-of-charge.

Telstra customers in Gaythorne, Mitchelton and Everton Park will not be able to send text messages, use data at times and made phone calls while the upgrades take place, a spokesperson for the company confirmed on Monday. Even calls to emergency services may be affected.

The disruptions to mobile services were expected to occur from weekdays from 6am-6pm (local time) but not on Saturdays and Sundays. Mobile users in Gaythorne will be affected from Tuesday until February 9. The repairs are scheduled to start Tuesday until March 7.

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

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