Optus has reported a big fortnight with 27 new sites most on the east coast with NSW getting the majority, but rural QLD not missing out either. Optus also upgraded 111 sites almost all getting 4G700 as well as some higher 4G bands. Optus also proposed a whole bunch of 4G2600 sites throughout CBD Sydney, perhaps in preparation of their 2G switch off April first 2017. Optus still deploy towers today with 2G which may seem odd, but perhaps it’s not. Right now they have around half of their 900Mhz assigned to 2G and the other half to 3G (3.8Mhz+ paired). Once they switch off 2G I suspect they will simply enable 4G on that part of the band. This will allow all the cheaper phones which don't have 700Mhz to get decent 4G coverage for the first time. Just don't expect blistering speeds though.
Telstra again plods along with 54 site upgrades with NSW again doing well, 4G700 almost exclusively was the target. Telstra also added 7 new towers 5 of which were in QLD alone.
Telstra's 2G switch off is in the coming weeks, December 1 of this year so anyone with a 2G handset on Telstra should seriously consider upgrading NOW! tick tock.
Vodafone appears to be taking a breather this fortnight after their big push last fortnight, Upgrading 35 sites with NSW again doing well and adding 7 new sites mostly in conjunction with Optus. Most activity was in Metro areas but rural areas did get a couple of upgrades.
NBN continues its current pace, Activating 11 new sites, and also managed to upgrade a further 12 sites.
The low band 700mhz 4G gap between Optus and Telstra has increased by a further 52 sites as Optus keeps Telstra at bay. Optus is ahead of Telstra in 4G700 by 1116 sites.
Warning, NBN Rant
Well the market has spoken and have
told NBN they don’t want to invest in obsolete technology (surprise surprise). But not to worry, Taxpayers just love paying for things multiple times like then we know we need a 3 lane freeway, but to save a penny or two we decide a 2 lane freeway is best. Then end up paying more than twice as much later when we finally realise that perhaps 3 lanes was probably prudent. Never mind all the disruptions and congestion in the meantime. Corporate welfare at its finest, oops I'm sorry for insulting all those layabout no good nicks ACA love to highlight ad nauseum whilst placing corporations on a pedestal (and we call that journalism).
How many times are we going to pay for NBN? Well much of Telstra was built with the public purse back then it was called Telecom, then we sold it with basically no strings attached, and now NBN is duplicating much of what Telecom built long ago costing valuable time and money while much of Australia is still an internet backwater due to lack of any action by anyone. So the government steps in buying back obsolete infrastructure, at first to scrap it (Corporate welfare yet again), then in their infinite wisdom NBN decided to use it. But in deciding to use it, NBN also needed to go to the market to get the remainder of funds, the market obviously politely declined.
Welcome to "Plantation Australia", but at least we have two company stores, Coles and Woolworth’s, so I guess that’s an improvement! We only need to look across the pond to see an example of how this could have been done and for the better. Where are we on the list of NBN promises? Cheaper? Fail!, Faster? Fail, Better? Colossal fail!,
It’s time to stop what we are doing.