New Telstra mobile tower goes up at Gosse, KI
Telstra SA general manager Mark Bolton last week braved the stormy weather to check on the progress of the new mobile tower being built at Gosse, Kangaroo Island.
He was joined by Member for Mawson Leon Bignell and Northpoint car dealership general manager Robert Hoey, who were with Mr Bolton on a Brand SA visit to the Island.
They were met at the tower at Roo Lagoon off the Playford Highway by KI Mayor Michael Pengilly.
But the weather made it a brief visit indeed and State Senator Anne Ruston had to cancel her attendance.
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Dense Air plans to offer small cell 5G services in Australia
UK-based Dense Air intends to provide telco-neutral 5G services in Australia, the company announced today.
Along with expected bidders Telstra, Optus and a TPG-Vodafone joint venture, Dense Air walked away with licences for spectrum in the 3.6GHz band following the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s recent auction.
The company picked up six lots in Adelaide, seven in each of Brisbane, Canberra and Perth, and one each in Melbourne and Sydney. In total, the company forked out $18,492,000 for spectrum licences, which will extend until December 2030 (the licences formally begin in March 2020 but the ACMA has indicated licensees may be able to get their hands on spectrum early in some cases).
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Villages shortlisted for 4G mobile blackspot program
Upper Lachlan Shire Council has supported the push by the Federal Government to improve mobile coverage across a number of communities.
Four locations have been shortlisted for funding for the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP) in Grabben Gullen, Bigga, Curraweela and Bannister (Range Road).
MBSP has extended applications for the funding until January 2019.
The Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor said the four shortlisted sites in the Upper Lachlan Shire has had a lack of mobile coverage for many years.
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Answering the call for better phone coverage on Picton Road
Improvements to mobile phone blackspots along Picton Road could help avoid the repeat of a 2015 tragedy.
In September that year, a head-on collision on Picton Road claimed the life of Hayette Hanna’s sister.
Ms Hanna was a passenger in the car and she couldn’t call for help on her phone, due to poor mobile phone coverage.
A passerby soon afterwards was able to raise the alarm on their own phone, but then it cut out after a few seconds.
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ACCC: TPG-Vodafone merger may raise prices
Investors have shunned Vodafone Australia and TPG Telecom after the competition watchdog raised concerns that their merger into a $15 billion telco giant could mean higher mobile prices for consumers.
TPG shares fell as much as 18.9 per cent on Thursday after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which has the power to block the merger, said the plan could reduce competition for mobile customers.
Shares in Hutchison Telecommunications - which owns a 50 per cent stake in Vodafone Australia - were even more heavily hit, falling as much as 35.7 per cent.
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Phone tower to be built near windfarm
After being in limbo for more than a year, the Ocean Beach mobile phone tower development is now on track.
As reported by the Albany Advertiser in May, the Ocean beach base station development came to a halt last December as Telstra encountered difficulties in finding suitable locations for the tower.
The Shire of Denmark and the Water Corporation rejected Telstra’s two proposed locations, while several options were rejected by private landholders and State Government Department.
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Investing in the Bush – Connecting Mt Liebig, Kintore and Yarralin
Territorians living in Mt Liebig, Kintore and Yarralin are now connected to mobile phone and broadband services, thanks to the NT Government/Telstra Remote Telecommunications Co-Investment Program.
This brings to 14 the number of remote Territory communities connected to mobile and/or broadband services, since the start of the Co-investment Program in 2015.
Services at Mt Liebig have been connected through a joint venture between the NTG/Telstra Co-investment Program and the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP).
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Govt estimates fixed voice users in NBN satellite and wireless areas
Further breakdown of numbers released last week now possible.
The government has offered a glimpse of the number of fixed voice services that remain active in the NBN fixed wireless and Sky Muster footprints.
The figures were collected with some “difficulty” from Telstra as well as other telcos as part of the development of the universal service guarantee (USG), which will replace Telstra’s universal service obligation (USO).
In a summary report released last week, the Department of Communications recommended that voice services under the USG continue to be supplied by Telstra, while internet services be supplied by NBN Co.
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New Buxton mobile phone tower switched on
Poor phone reception in Buxton is set to improve with establishment of a new mobile phone tower.
The tower has now been switched on and is located near the village’s NSW Rural Fire Service shed.
Buxton resident Frances Taylor said the new tower had improved phone reception at her home.
“I used to have to go outside to make a call,” the 72-year-old said.
“It’s a great convenience to have this service and my neighbours feel the same way.”
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Tower boosts connectivity
A new mobile base station in Mt Barker has improved coverage for local residents, businesses and services at the Mt Barker Hospital.
The base station, located at the corner of Lord Street and Short Street, is part of the $75 million investment program by Telstra to boost coverage and connectivity in regional communities.
Telstra area general manager Boyd Brown thanked the assistance of the Shire of Plantagenet and the Great Southern Development Commission for their support in the approvals process.
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