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VIDEO: Is 5G dangerous? San Fran firefighters complained 5G equipment made them sick

02 Aug 2018
InTheNews

Whenever a new wireless technology is announced, there's always someone out there who suggests this new form of wireless is going to cause health problems, but is it true?

A news report from controversial health website Natural News has suggested that "5G is already linked to rising health problems... concerns about the 'health calamity' on the rise".

Naturally, some think this is complete and total BS, and some would suggest the Natural News site is full of conspiracy theories, but before it is possible to write them off, one must apply logic to what one is reading.

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

Vodafone chief tempers 5G talk

02 Aug 2018
VodafoneNews

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) chief Iñaki Berroeta has sought to temper expectations about the imminent rise of 5G networks in Australia, saying although his company is forging ahead, he doesn’t anticipate consumer devices to be in market until at least the end of 2019.

Speaking to the carrier’s financial results for the six months to 30th June 2018 on Tuesday, Berroeta said despite having done a number of trials on 5G technology “in terms of disclosing when we will be going to the market, I think it’s a bit early.”

Berroeta declined to talk about any spectrum ambitions for Australian 5G, instead stressing that the new “ecosystem” for the mobile technology need to be put into place first before carriers started pushing product.

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

Fix for black spots (pay wall)

01 Aug 2018
InTheNews

ALPINE Council and the community have welcomed the news that two of the Alpine Shire’s most isolated areas will get improved mobile phone coverage.

Kancoona and the Buckland Valley have been included in round three of the Victorian Mobile Black Spot Project.

The two communities are among 28 locations across the state that will benefit from much needed mobile phone towers.

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

How To Get A Better Mobile Phone Signal In Your Home

31 Jul 2018
InTheNews

While a lot of the stuff you do with your phone will involve wifi, the essential functions of a phone—the calling and the texting—still rely on a connection to a mobile phone tower. If that link breaks, you can miss important messages or be out of reach to family and friends. Here’s what you can do if you struggle to get a solid mobile network connection at home.


How mobile signal is affected

The first step to doing something about poor mobile reception is understanding what causes it. Obviously, if the nearest tower is a long way from where you are — a staple plot device in no end of horror and thriller movies — then your phone will struggle to establish a link. Large mountains and skyscrapers don't help either.

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

NBN Co's 50Mbps push drives up 'underperforming' services

31 Jul 2018
NbnNews

Not everyone seeing a performance boost.

NBN Co’s move to set 50Mbps as the default minimum on its network is leading to an increase in the number of services that “underperform”.

The result is revealed in the second release of numbers under the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) broadband monitoring program, and is set to cause yet more discomfort for NBN Co and the government.

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

NBN Co recruits partners to help businesses connect to network

31 Jul 2018
NbnNews

NBN Co's ICT channel program, launched to provide training to specialist technology consultants so that they understand how to connect to its network, has grown to include more than 300 organisations, 75 of whom are business accredited advisers.

The company said it had now appointed four technology distributors to work with its sales and marketing support teams to help provide businesses with information they needed about Australia's broadband network, the NBN.

The four distributors are Dicker Data, Ingram Micro, Westcon-Comstor and Aria Technologies.

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

Aussie Broadband beats the rest in ACCC's second speed report

31 Jul 2018
NbnNews

Small broadband provider Aussie Broadband has come out on top in the second report from the ACCC's broadband speed monitoring program, achieving 88.3% of download speed and 89.1% of upload speeds for a plan during the busy period.

iiNet, which was the best performer in the first report released in March, fell to third spot for downloads, behind its parent company, TPG. It was second for upload speeds.

Optus was fourth for both for downloads and uploads. Making up the top six were Telstra and small provider MyRepublic.

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

Optus, TravelSIM launch customised mobile travel service

31 Jul 2018
OptusNews

Optus and TravelSIM Australia have collaborated to launch gotravelsim, a mobile service designed specifically for international travellers and students in Australia.

Announcing the launch on Tuesday, Optus and TravelSIM said the new mobile offering’s set-up, packages and support has been customised to deliver better service for international visitors to Australia.

“We recognise the needs of inbound travellers, especially for those working and travelling in remote areas. The partnership with Optus and gotravelsim is a great fit for both brands,” said TravelSIM Australia CEO Jamien Zimmerman.

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

Cudgewa tower a testament to community-government partnerships

30 Jul 2018
TelstraNews

Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan said a new mobile phone tower at Cudgewa highlighted an effective partnership between the community, Towong Shire Council and state and federal governments.

The tower came after lobbying from local resident Karen Purss who witnessed and narrowly avoided a fatal two-vehicle crash on the Murray Valley Highway at Berringama, near Cudgewa, in March 2015. Ms Purss was unable to make a Triple Zero (000) call from her mobile despite it displaying “SOS only”. She drove 15 minutes to a landline to contact emergency services.

Ms Purss lobbied Ms McGowan’s office to make the area a priority for a new mobile phone tower under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme. The tower was activated earlier this year.

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

Call for NBN corporate plan to be audited

28 Jul 2018
NbnNews

Labor has requested the auditor-general scrutinise NBN’s corporate plan in the wake of an S&P analysis of the National Broadband Network that argued a write-down of the network “appears inevitable”.

The S&P RatingsDirect article said that NBN’s forecast of a 73 to 75 per cent take-up rate will be “hard to achieve without a step-change to its wholesale pricing model”.

“Any shortfall in NBN Co.'s revenue target raises the prospect of a writedown and additional government funding to support the company, potentially in the form of debt relief or direct subsidies,” the article stated.

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

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