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Optus say yes to new Southern Downs connection

11 Oct 2017

SWITCHING on faster data connection for regional mobile users is behind a new mobile tower on the Southern Downs.

Optus switched on the tower co-located on the existing NBN Co tower at Careys Rd at Emu Vale on Monday.

The site is one of three on the Southern Downs to be funded under the Federal Government Mobile Black Spot Program.

Others base stations include Goomburra and The Summit.

Andrew Sheridan, vice-president for Optus regulatory and public affairs, said the new tower would provide faster data connection to residents in Emu Vale and Yangan and travellers within a 10km area.

"We are pleased to be a part of the Mobile Black Spot Program and to be able to deliver crucial telecommunications infrastructure to regional and remote areas across Australia,” Mr Sheridan said.

"Optus remains committed to co- and individual investment across a range of townships and locations in regional Australia that helps us provide coverage and reach in areas that we otherwise may not have been able to.

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Yangan and Emu Vale townships get new dedicated mobile reception via Optus and Govt

09 Oct 2017

Yangan and Emu Vale residents will receive "dedicated wide area mobile reception" with the site to be "co-funded by Optus, Queensland and Federal Governments."

Optus has announced the townships of Yangan and Emu Vale, east of Warwick in Queensland’s Southern Downs, will receive mobile reception following the switch-on of a new tower in the area, as part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

Additional investment is also locked in for the Southern Downs and Western Queensland."

We're told the site signals wide area mobile and data reception for Yangan and Emu Vale and "forms part of a greater network investment program being undertaken by Optus with the Federal and State Government to deliver coverage in 21 locations across regional Queensland.

Andrew Sheridan, Optus VP of Regulatory and Public Affairs said: “Today’s tower switch on is great news for the residents of Yangan, Emu Vale and surrounding properties.

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Alphabet Closer to Using Balloons for Telecom in Puerto Rico

08 Oct 2017

Last Friday, engineers on Google parent Alphabet’s internet-by-balloon Project Loon tweeted that they hoped to bring emergency connectivity to Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria left more than 90 percent of the island without cellphone coverage.

Just seven days later, the Federal Communications Commission Friday gave the company a green light to fly 30 balloons over Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for up to six months.

If all goes to plan, Alphabet's balloons will soon help replace the thousands of cellphone towers knocked out of service by hurricane-strength winds. The balloons would provide voice and data service through local carriers to users’ phones.

The details of those arrangements aren’t complete. But in its application to the FCC, Alphabet included letters and emails from eight wireless carriers in Puerto Rico, in which they consented for Loon to use their frequencies for disaster relief and to restore limited communications. Two of those agreements were dated Friday.

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Bunnaloo’s been left hanging on the phone

08 Oct 2017

THE frustrated Bunnaloo community finally got answers about their sub-par phone coverage – but the wrong answers.

A recent meeting at the Bunnaloo Recreation Reserve aimed to address community concerns about poor phone coverage in the area.

Residents hoped the telecommunications tower installed earlier this year would be the answer but say it has instead caused additional headaches.

After extensive delays in getting the tower to full capacity, residents hoped their blackspot dilemma would finally come to an end.

But were told the tower is now operating at full capacity and discovered those who missed out on coverage would have to spend additional money on amplifiers to boost their coverage.

Farmer and fence contractor Gerard James said most residents thought the tower would cover much more of the blackspot than it does.

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Residual spectrum to be sold at competitive auction

07 Oct 2017

The multiband residual lots auction, scheduled to take place in late 2017, will include spectrum in the 1800 MHz, 2 GHz, 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands.

The Government will follow advice from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and lift existing allocation limits in the 2 GHz band to allow all interested parties to bid for residual spectrum in the band. Existing allocation limits for the 1800 MHz band will be retained and no allocations limits will apply in the 2, 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands.

The auction will encourage competition and enable all currently unused spectrum in relevant bands to be licensed under the current legislative framework. It will also help with a smooth transition to the new licensing framework proposed by the Radiocommunications Bill 2017.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority will conduct a single auction process for all bands on behalf of the Government.

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Farmers need telecoms education – UNE

07 Oct 2017

A NEW REPORT into on-farm telecommunications from the University of New England (UNE) has found that farmers are not constrained by technology, rather by low levels of awareness and service provider options.

The report calls for marketplace policies to create fair access for Australian grain and livestock producers with an education campaign to increase use of digital agriculture technologies.

Senior UNE researcher David Lamb said his year-long  study, working as part of the Accelerating Precision Agriculture to Decision Agriculture Project (P2D), canvased the views and behaviors of more than 1000 producers, as well as technology providers.

“We found that the options are out there but in some cases, they’re almost hidden,” said Professor Lamb.

“The industry needs a much greater push on education so that producers have the information and the confidence to make the most of technology to enable digital agriculture and, in particular, we need market solutions to mobile technology access."

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People ‘crying out’ for better mobile coverage, says advocacy group

07 Oct 2017

A telecommunications advocacy group has welcomed $50 million in state government funding to improve phone and internet issues in regional NSW.

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) said it wanted to see more detail about how the government plans to spend the money, but remains hopeful it will make a significant difference.

“People in rural, regional and remote areas are crying out for improved and extended mobile coverage,” a spokesman said.

“Mobile coverage around important community areas and along highways and roads will benefit people’s lives and also increase safety for when accidents occur.

“$50 million is a significant amount of money, which will translate into real benefits for regional consumers, particularly if used to build on existing initiatives like the federal Mobile Black Spots Program.”

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Intelsat and Intel reckon satellite spectrum could help with 5G's coming capacity crunch

05 Oct 2017

Intelsat and Intel reckon there's a chunk of spectrum currently devoted to satellite operations that could be useful for capacity-starved mobile comms.

The two (unrelated) outfits have submitted a joint proposal to the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), asking that it consider clearing some C-band wavelengths to prepare for the advent of 5G services.

“Intelsat and Intel urge the Commission to allow co-primary terrestrial mobile operations in the 3700-4200 MHz band through commercial agreements between terrestrial mobile interests and primarily affected FSS satellite operators”, the submission [PDF] suggests.

In particular, the proposal focuses on terrestrial use of C-band frequencies allocated to downlinks, because in spite of the high value of that spectrum to satellite operations, those frequencies also have propagation characteristics that are valuable to mobile operators.

As with any spectrum that's already in use, the document recognises the sensitivities such a proposal would trigger – in fact, even in the joint submission, the companies say they haven't wrapped up their own wrangling over the implementation details.

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Vodafone and Optus boost 4G regional coverage

05 Oct 2017

Vodafone Australia has announced the expansion of 4G services in Central West NSW with the addition of nearly 1400 square kilometres to its mobile footprint in the region, while Optus yesterday announced a further $1.7 million spend for its network in Bathurst.

Both carriers are not backward in coming forward about spruiking their commitment to regional mobile investment, issuing regular updates about their network expansions.

Under the federal government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme, Vodafone has switched on a new mobile site at Jemalong near Forbes. The development expands Vodafone mobile voice and data services in the Jemalong Irrigation District and nearby Bedgerabong.

Vodafone’s mobile coverage in the Central West has also been extended with the construction of two new sites at Noonbinna outside Cowra and Weethalle near West Wyalong. The Noonbinna site provides coverage along parts of the Olympic Highway, Lachlan Valley Way and Noonbinna Road.

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John Barilaro and Bronnie Taylor in Junee as NSW state government pledge $50 million pledge to fix country black spots

04 Oct 2017

The state government has pledged at least $50 million to tackle poor connectivity in country NSW, promising action for regional areas that have been left behind. 

Deputy Premier John Barilaro and his Parliamentary Secretary Bronnie Taylor announced the cash splash in Junee on Tuesday morning, ahead of the Cootamundra by-election. 

“What we’ve done with the $39 million we’ve already invested was piggybacking off the federal program, partnering with Optus, Vodaphone or Telstra,” Mr Barilaro said.

“What happens usually is those areas with high population centres get the funding first.

“What we’re doing with this announcement is working through the data we already have, with local government, community groups, industry and businesses to make sure we’re also building the infrastructure in places there is need.”

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