Optus rumoured to close Virgin Mobile in Australia
MVNOs are very popular in Australia with many users opting for the resellers’ cheaper prices for phone and data access. One such MVNO is Virgin Mobile, previously jointly owned by Optus and Virgin Mobile UK but now wholly owned by Optus after they bought out Richard Branson’s share in 2006. Now, The Australian is reporting that the MVNO will be no more.
The Australian believes that Optus is getting ready to shutter Virgin Mobile Australia and migrate all users over to Optus — those customers ready are, in effect, Optus customers, except in name. In the process Optus, will no longer have to pay branding licence fees to Virgin Mobile.
When queried about the story, Virgin Australia PR directed our enquiry to Optus, which leads us to believe there’s something in this story. For their part, an Optus spokesperson told Ausdroid:
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NBN Co has 'under 500' congested fixed wireless cells
Suspends exploration of higher speed services.
NBN Co has confirmed the number of fixed wireless cells that it classifies as congested is somewhere “less than 500” nationwide.
The network builder last month said that “around six percent of fixed wireless cells” are congested enough in the evening peak to cause average speeds to fall under 6Mbps per user.
With “about 7000 cells in the network”, the number of those impacted by congestion is somewhere less than 500, chief network engineering officer Peter Ryan told a senate estimates committee last week.
Based on an updated percentage range given by NBN Co at the hearing of “about 6-7 percent” of cells being impacted, the number of cells experiencing issues would be between 420 and 490.
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Turning a commute into a telecommute with Eganstown’s black spot coverage
Residents and businesses of Eganstown and Bullarto, north-east of Ballarat in Victoria, are now benefiting from new and improved mobile coverage in the region.
Adam Shepherd is employed by a New South Wales-based electricity company, but works remotely from Eganstown in Victoria – around 1000 kilometres to the south. In previous months Adam had to rent an office in Ballarat, half an hour’s drive from his home, to access a reliable internet connection.
Working in IT support, being able to get online at a moment’s notice is crucial – and the new mobile black spot base station at Eganstown helps make that happen.
The two new mobile base stations, funded jointly by us and Federal Government under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, recently went live. These communities now join Smeaton, Glenlyon, Dereel and Leonards Hill in the Ballarat region who are already benefitting from new coverage.
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New station to connect community
A second mobile telecommunications base station has been erected in Norseman in what has been dubbed a “game-changer” for network coverage in the Goldfields town.
The site, funded by Telstra through the Turnbull Government’s Mobile Black Spot program, was activated last month, and joins the site already based about 7km from Norseman’s centre.
Norseman Hotel owner-manager Claye Poletti welcomed the tower, citing frustration with the previous phone coverage, and said it was much-needed infrastructure for his business.
“It will make things a lot easier,” he said.
“The phone service was no good before, so this should help us out a fair bit.”
The new site is equipped with 3G and 4GX service technology to provide a much faster mobile network to customers as well as more consistent data speeds.
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Sulphur Creek’s days as a black spot are numbered
Keeping Sulphur Creek’s mobile black spot in the national spotlight has paid off.
Telstra has agreed to build a new cell tower there at its own cost, due to go live by the end of the year.
The North-West Coast townsfolk have for the past few years been rushing to the end of the drive, climbing ladders to the roof, or leaning out their kitchen windows trying to get a mobile signal.
But their frustration about the few bars on their mobiles will soon be over.
Sulphur Creek worker Brett Jacobson was relieved at the news. He said when the Highway Halt cafe was busy, EFTPOS became a big problem.
“It often drops out especially when you have a shop full of 30 or 40 customers. That's a big problem. And if people need to transfer money over their mobiles, they have to go over the road or down the road.”
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New coast mobile tower ‘not viable’
Building a mobile phone tower on Eclipse Island off Torndirrup National Park to service the dangerous coastline is not feasible, according to Telstra, despite a WA Coroner recommending it.
Deputy State Coroner Evelyn Vicker made the recommendation that approaches be made to Telstra to install a mobile phone tower on the island to assist during emergencies at notorious fishing spot Salmon Holes and other locations.
It was one of five recommendations made following two coronial inquiries into three rock fishing deaths at Salmon Holes in 2015 and 2016, released earlier this month.
Telstra area general manager Boyd Brown said installing a mobile tower on Eclipse Island was not economically viable.
He also said the recommendation would not deliver the best coverage along the coast, which includes Salmon Holes and The Gap — a stretch of treacherous coastline that has claimed several lives in recent years.
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Boost for Porters Retreat as it gets new phone tower
A NEW mobile phone tower at Porters Retreat, south of Oberon, has now been switched on.
Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee was joined by Oberon councillor Don Capel, Brian Ross and Kevin McGrath to mark the beginning of the tower’s operation.
“Mobile phone coverage is vitally important in regional areas and this one is going to make a real difference to the lives of the folks that will use it, including local farmers and their families, road users and business people,” Mr Gee said.
He said the Porters Retreat phone tower is one of 25 new towers being rolled out in the Calare electorate under round one and round two of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.
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Macro base station at Ashbourne to improve mobile phone coverage
Residents can expect better mobile coverage around Ashbourne next year, as the federal government has announced funding for a macro base station in the town.
The station, along with 101 others across the country, will be built or improved by Telstra from June 2019 through the third round of the government’s Mobile Black Spot program.
Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie said Regional Communications Minister Bridget McKenzie’s announcement of the funding was “fantastic news” for the community, which desperately needed better coverage.
“I also welcome the minister’s news that the funding for these priority locations will also provide for at least 12 hours of back-up power at each macro base station to help ensure mobile coverage is not lost in the event of a power outage,” she said.
“This is only half of the 24-hour back-up power outlined in the Private Member’s Bill I introduced into the parliament last year, but it is certainly a step forward from the three to four hours’ battery back-up our communities currently have.”
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Optus extends community consultation period for Seaham mobile station and tower
Optus has heeded calls to extend the community consultation period for its proposed mobile station and tower in Seaham.
The feedback period will now end on Friday, April 13 after Seaham residents lobbied the telecommunication company to extend the deadline, and called on Port Stephens MP Kate Washington and the federal member for Lyne, Dr David Gillespie to assist.
Ms Washington and Dr Gillespie also called on Optus to investigate an alternative site put forward for the station, relocating it from the proposed site of Warren Street, the main road leading into town, to Brandy Hill Quarry.
Optus has put forward plans to install 42-metre ‘monopole’ and a new mobile base station close to homes off Warren Road – the main road leading into town.
The station is to improve reception for mobile calls and text, enhance mobile services such as internet browsing and accommodate NBN services.
Residents object to the Warren Street location, saying it would be too close to homes.
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Lake Macquarie City Council’s Corporate Services Committee backs Optus plan for phone tower in Fennell Bay
LAKE Macquarie City Council’s Corporate Services Committee on Monday recommended the granting of a licence over council-owned land at Fennell Bay for the installation of a mobile phone tower. The location, part of 260 Main Road, is the site of the former Bolton Point Quarry. The recommendation is for Optus Mobile Pty Ltd to be granted a five-year licence with rent at $29,447 per annum. The matter will go to the ordinary council meeting on April 23.
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