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Tenders open to build Kybybolite, Kalangadoo phone towers

24 Nov 2017
InTheNews

Another step forward has been taken in improving mobile phone coverage at Kybybolite through the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

Minister for Communications, Senator Mitch Fifield, and Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin have called on telecommunication companies to tender for the Coalition’s ‘Priority Locations Round’ of the Mobile Black Spot Program.

Kalangadoo is also proposed to receive assistance for its mobile phone coverage.

The Coalition Government has committed $60 million to address 106 priority locations across the country that have been identified as having poor or no mobile coverage, on top of the 765 locations already being addressed under the first two rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program.

In the electorate of Barker, seven mobile black spot locations are already being addressed under the first two rounds of the program, bringing new coverage to locations including Meribah and Paruna, Mindarie, Maggea, Wynarka, Pata, and Mundulla West.

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

Better mobile coverage one step closer for Hampton

22 Nov 2017
InTheNews

FUNDING has been approved for a new mobile phone tower in Hampton.

The area was identified as a black spot under a federal government program that pinpointed locations across the country where there was poor or no mobile coverage.

Mobile towers for black spots at Haden-Maclagan Road, Doctors Creek Road and Mount Tyson have also been included in the latest round of funding.

Member for Groom John McVeigh said better mobile phone coverage would "provide real benefits and help connect families, friends and loved ones."

The towers will be built in 2018.

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

Your Android Phone Has Been Sending Location Data To Google, Even If You Opted Out

22 Nov 2017
InTheNews

Tech companies such as Google and Facebook provide services in exchange for your data. We've known this. But they have always stood by the reasoning that it's nothing to worry about because you're given a choice. Sometimes the choice is agreeing to a terms of service. With location tracking, Google has always made it possible to opt out, but according to a new report, Android has been forcing location tracking on you whether you like it or not.

An investigation by Quartz discovered that smartphones and tablets running the Android operating system continued to track a user's general location even when location services were turned off, the phone didn't have a SIM card, and no apps were installed. As long as the device was connected to the internet, it transmitted the address of nearby mobile phone towers back to Google's system that's used for push notifications and messages.

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

Remote Queensland town Gregory gets mobile coverage

22 Nov 2017
TelstraNews

Workers from Telstra have scaled a 100-metre high transmission tower to install equipment that will provide mobile coverage to the remote Gulf town of Gregory.

The company provided drone vision (see video below) of the two workers ascending the tower to add the equipment that is now delivering 3G and superfast 4GX services to the town.

The work at Gregory is one of 577 new mobile base stations being built by Telstra across regional and rural Australia under the federal government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme.

Telstra Country Wide area general manager Rachel Cliffe said: “This is a significant moment for our customers in Gregory who have had their call for better mobile coverage answered.

“The growing use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets is changing the way we live and we are acutely aware of the challenges facing communities living with limited access to a mobile network, especially remote communities like Gregory.

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

Mobile blackspot finally clear at Goolma

21 Nov 2017
TelstraNews

Mobile reception in Goolma has been improved with the official launch of the towns mobile base station.

Construction of the long-awaited Telstra tower, located 40 kilometres south-east of Mudgee, began mid-October as part the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program announced in 2015.

Telstra Country Wide Western NSW area general manager Scott Curtin describe the tower as a significant moment for the community.

“We’ve been able to fill in some of the highways and busy Goolma Road,” he said.

“Here’s to plenty of use of the network, safety of the community and hopefully the businesses can use it as much as possible.”

Students from Goolma Public School had the honour of officially cutting the ribbon and thanking Telstra.

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

Blown data limits cost Australians $313 million a year, says Deloitte

21 Nov 2017
InTheNews

Australians are regularly blowing out their mobile data limits at a cost of $313 million every year, according to a report from Deloitte.

The global consulting giant found that 43 percent of survey respondants often exceeded monthly data limits, paying about $30 million each month in extra data fees to their carrier. The report comes as part of Deloitte's Mobile Consumer Survey 2017, which sampled 2000 Australian customers between 18 and 75.

Those blowouts could have something to do with an increased adoption of streaming TV and other content on smartphones, which has tripled since 2016, with a quarter of smartphone users between 18 to 34 watching live TV on their phones weekly.

Of those Australians blowing their data limits, Deloitte found that those with 3-5GB data plans were twice as likely to go over than those with 500MB or less.

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

Mobile access a first for one of Australia's most remote communities

19 Nov 2017
TelstraNews

A mobile base station has been switched on in the community of Amata, 115 kilometres south of Uluru, giving the town’s 300 residents mobile phone access for the first time.

Community leader and local elder Sammy Lyon said it was a good day for residents.

“The people in this community, they’re happy,” he said.

“They’re ringing family, they’re talking and happy.”

The Telstra base station was built under the federal government’s mobile phone black spot program, and is the first of six towers to be rolled out in South Australia’s remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands.

Mark Bolton, a general manager with Telstra in South Australia, says the community will benefit with greater access to services.

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

Black Rock traders say bad mobile data and EFTPOS connectivity is killing their businesses

18 Nov 2017
TelstraNews

Angry Black Rock Village traders say their suburb is fast becoming a black spot, after lengthy problems with Telstra.

Many business owners and residents using mobile data and mobile EFTPOS have been left with no, or just one bar, of coverage.

Telstra reportedly told locals they couldn’t fix the problem until October next year — but after the Leader made inquiries on November 16, Telstra have promised to rectify it within weeks.

In a November 17 statement to Bayside Leader, Telstra area general manager Loretta Willaton also apologised for the disruption.

“We are currently conducting maintenance on the infrastructure supporting Black Rock Village and expect this to be complete in the coming weeks,” she said.

“We thank customers for their patience.”

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

Annoyed that your phone won’t work on VoLTE or VoWIFI on other carriers? GSMA is, and they’re working on an answer

18 Nov 2017
InTheNews

The increasing availability of high quality LTE (Long Term Evolution) networks brings the promise of much better technologies, and Voice over LTE and Voice over WiFi are just two of those. Unfortunately, if you’re someone that actually enjoys these technologies, you may be aware just how difficult it is to actually get them to work.


Why doesn’t VoLTE and VoWiFi just work?
In short, for your phone to access and utilise a carrier’s VoLTE or VoWiFi systems, it has to know quite a few settings. It isn’t just as simple as setting up an APN anymore, something which is mostly redundant because the carrier’s APNs are baked in to most modern phones these days.

There’s no centralised database of these settings and this makes it a bit harder to get your phone working on a carrier’s VoLTE or VoWiFi systems. The nature of these systems  means that device makers and carriers have to collaborate to test and certify phones before these advanced networking features are available. In short, this means that unless you buy a phone from a carrier, you can almost guarantee that VoLTE and VoWiFi won’t work.

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

No tower for us

17 Nov 2017
OptusNews

The Benalla area has again been overlooked for improved mobile phone coverage.

The Victorian Government is partnering with Optus to build 25 mobile towers throughout regional Victoria providing 5000 households and businesses with coverage.

However, none of those will be in the Benalla area despite recent surveys concluding that there are at least 17 local black-spots where no signal can be received.

In a best-case scenario the lack of a phone signal can be annoying, however, with a severe fire season being predicted in some cases it could cost lives.

Victorian Innovation and the Digital Economy Minister Phillip Dalidakis said the state government had invested almost $31 million to address mobile connectivity across the state.

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

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