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More funding to provide ‘21st century communication’ for Far North Queenslanders

12 Jun 2018
InTheNews

A FURTHER $25 million has been committed towards a fourth round of the ‘Mobile Black Spot Program’ to deliver more coverage to regional and remote communities in Far North.


Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the Federal Government’s plan to address more mobile service blackspots across the region.

He said the new round of funding would help ensure ‘Far North Queenslanders had access to 21st century communications’.

It comes after locals and and tourists in Daintree, Cape Tribulation, Mount Carbine, Weipa and Wonga Beach were promised mobile coverage for the first time in these areas by the end of this year.

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

Telstra claims first 4GX-lite mobile satellite small cell customer

12 Jun 2018
TelstraNews

Queensland’s Winton Shire Council has become the first customer for Telstra’s 4GX-lite mobile satellite small cell offering, aimed at helping to extend the telco’s 4GX mobile services in remote areas.

A heads of agreement has been established with the council to install two satellite small cells to improve coverage in the remote area.

The Telstra 4GX-lite mobile satellite small cell is billed by the telco as a smaller, lower-cost version of a standard mobile base station, and is designed to give customers access to Telstra’s 4GX-lite service including voice calls, text, email, browsing and basic data. 

However, due to constraints with the satellite backhaul, it can’t support data heavy applications, like high definition video streaming or video calling and conferencing.

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

Councils to advocate for mobile black spot towns in next round of funding

12 Jun 2018
InTheNews

Councils surrounding Ballarat will advocate for improved mobile reception in black spot towns under round four of the Mobile Black Spot Program. 

The federal government announced $25 million for a new round of the program to address more black spots in regional and remote areas on Sunday. 

Regional Communications Minister Bridget McKenzie said mobile network operators will be able to apply for round four funding in coming months. 

The competitive tender process will consider input from state, territory and local governments, as well as businesses, community organisations and emergency services. 

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

Mayoral Minute | Upper Lachlan Shire: Telstra and roads among priorities

12 Jun 2018
TelstraNews

On June 1, the council’s Acting General Manager Gary Woodman and I attended the NSW Country Mayors’ Association General Meeting at NSW Parliament. Councils from across rural and regional NSW met with representatives from WaterNSW, Telstra and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator about issues impacting country councils.

While in Sydney, we had a one on one with Telstra about their Mobile Black Spot Program and were given an undertaking that mobile coverage would be improved near Myrtleville. They will also investigate improvements at Grabben Gullen.

Last week I was back in Sydney for the 2018 Local Roads Congress. It was an opportunity to hear from, and meet with, guest speakers including the NSW Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey. A range of road and transport issues were discussed, including B-double access. 

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

Mobile Black Spot Program round four announced in Braddon

11 Jun 2018
InTheNews

While no new funding will come from the Federal government’s latest pronouncement on the Mobile Black Spot Program, it’s a safe bet the Tasmanian electorate of Braddon will get its share of new phone towers judging by yesterday’s announcement.

On Sunday Regional Communications Minister Bridget McKenzie announced in the Tasmanian West Coast electorate of Braddon that the last $25 million of the government’s $220m funding pool would be spent on new phone towers to “ensure regional Australians are not left behind”.

The $25m for round four will come from the $83m already allocated round three, which was dubbed the ‘priority locations’ round. Round four has essentiually the same goal, and will target mobile coverage on transport routes, rural and remote communities and tourism hotspots with seasonal demand.

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

New Optus tower brings more coverage to Townsville

11 Jun 2018
OptusNews

OPTUS coverage is now available for Rangewood people, with the completion of a new tower.

Rangewood resident Scott Spaulding welcomed the tower’s installation.

“Previously there was no choice, it was only Telstra,” Mr Spaulding said.

“What’s been tricky is where our house is we sit between two towers - so I had to walk out on the back verandah if I got a phone call.

“Now I’ve got one right out the front it makes coverage a whole lot better.”

The tower is at the corner of Hervey Range Rd and Rangewood Dve.

Regional market manager Dave Morrissey said the tower was part of Optus’s network improvement program.

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

Big investment for mobile black spots

11 Jun 2018
InTheNews

The days are numbered for hard to reach mobile black spots with the Coalition investing $25 million across Australia.

Minister for Regional Communications Bridget McKenzie and Braddon Liberal candidate Brett Whiteley said the North-West Coast wouldn’t miss out on its fair share of the funding.

Minister McKenzie said there would be a competitive process for areas wanting to receive funding.

“The new round will call for applications from mobile carriers within the coming months, taking input from state, territory and local governments, as well as businesses, community organisations and emergency services,” she said.

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

Govt creates extra $25m mobile blackspots round

11 Jun 2018
InTheNews

Draws on unspent funds from first three rounds.

The government has extended its mobile blackspots scheme with $25 million of unspent funds left over from the first three rounds.

Minister for regional communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie, made the announcement in Tasmania on Sunday afternoon, details of which were confirmed by iTnews.

The fourth round of the scheme will be allocated to “hard to reach” blackspots.

Better Internet for Rural, Regional and Remote Australia (BIRRR) founder Kristy Sparrow was among the first to welcome the program’s extension.

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

Poor ADSL speeds see QLD town telco providers step up

09 Jun 2018
InTheNews

Goondiwindi relies on fixed wireless to make up for slow services

With almost 6,000 locals, Goondiwindi seems to have become the home of National Broadband Network (NBN) challengers with one business now claiming the spot as the first locally-owned fixed wireless internet service provider (ISP).

Country Broadband Network (CBN) is the result of a project of telecommunications provider Goondiwindi Communications, established in 1985. Goondiwindi Communications provides internet connection usually through Telstra, Optus or Vodafone 3G, 4G and 4GX solutions.

CBN was registered in February 2018 installing the first services in early April. According to the company director Trent Murray, CBN is the next logical step to improve connectivity for its existing and new customers.

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

Barnaby Joyce announces new phone tower for Tenterfield

08 Jun 2018
TelstraNews

Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, announced a new mobile base station is now live for Tenterfield shire residents at Koreelah. Another tower at Dungowan in the Tamworth shire is also now live, he said.

Mr Joyce said the new Telstra towers will help improve coverage for residents and motorists in the local areas.

“Koreelah and Dungowan are among 37 new and upgraded towers we’re funding in the New England electorate under this program,” Mr Joyce said.

“It includes four priority location sites in the north of the electorate planned for Baldersleigh, Fig Tree Hill, Copeton Dam and Kingstown.

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

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