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ACCC boss warns telcos against 1.5Mbps 'unlimited' services

17 Sep 2018
InTheNews

Threatens huge fines.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken a dim view of mobile telcos' "unlimited" data services that came partially impaired by a 1.5Mbps speed limit.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims today warned telcos against trying to launch similar products in future, noting it had investigated Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

Telstra and Vodafone's data plans were structured with a set amount of data quota offered at uncontended speeds, which were then throttled to 1.5Mbps for the remainder of the billing cycle.

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

Wimmera residents encouraged to report mobile blackspots for round four of National Mobile Black Spot Program

17 Sep 2018
InTheNews

WIMMERA residents experiencing mobile blackspot issues are encouraged to nominate locations for round four of the National Mobile Black Spot Program.

The federal government re-opened the mobile blackspot database last week for a four-week duration.

Residents are encouraged to make their coverage issues known to their local council and federal representatives.

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

Letter | Black spots are on radar – and we have to keep them there

17 Sep 2018
InTheNews

I WOULD like to thank those who participated in a petition addressing the lack of mobile phone service in our area. The petition received over 110 written submissions by August 2, which is a great result.

The petition was presented to Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee on August 2 at Oberon Council Chambers in the presence of mayor Kathy Sajowitz and council's general manager Gary Wallace.

Prior to the petition, Oberon Council was campaigning for the eradication of mobile black spots at Black Springs, Gingkin Valley, Tuglow, Jaunter, Mozart and Burraga.

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

Nominate a mobile phone black spot

15 Sep 2018
InTheNews

The Mobile Black Spot Program’s Database, responsible for fixing mobile dropout areas, is taking nominations from regional residents on problem areas near them. 

Residents are strongly encouraged to nominate mobile phone black spot locations in their area to help inform the roll-out of the next round of the $220 million program.

Federal Members of Parliament and local councils can make submissions on behalf of their constituents to the national mobile black spot database.

For more information on the program visit: www.communications.gov.au/mbsp 

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

Drop-in session for Blackstone Heights phone tower

15 Sep 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra and Visionstream are hosting an information session on September 20 regarding a proposed mobile phone tower at Blackstone Heights.

In 2017 Blackstone Heights was included in the federal government’s third round of the Mobile Black Spot Program.

The $220 million program aims to increase mobile phone coverage to regional areas across Australia.

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

Why Australia Needs Long-Range 5G

14 Sep 2018
InTheNews

5G offers much faster download speeds by using higher frequencies. However, the trade-off is signals can't reach as far. Previous mobile standards were designed for more densely populated regions like Europe and the US, but when applied to Australia they can mean sparse coverage for our far-flung population. In short, long-range 5G standards need to be adopted to ensure we get decent coverage across the country.

As the international mobile standards body meets in Australia this week, Telstra chief Andy Penn is making a last-minute push to ensure 5G copes with the challenging conditions of our country.

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

Vodafone's Hub brings 4G and NB-IoT to farms

14 Sep 2018
VodafoneNews

Vodafone has revisited the picocell concept, this time for regional areas.

Around a decade ago, picocells were introduced to improve 3G reception inside buildings where signals were poor, either because they weren't penetrating the walls or because the building itself was in a black spot.

A picocell works like a short-range mobile base station, but connects to the rest of the network via the internet.

Vodafone has revisited this concept and successfully trialled the Vodafone Regional Coverage Hub, which is designed with farmers in mind.

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

Govt asked to 'strengthen' temporary mobile tower rules

13 Sep 2018
InTheNews

The federal government has been asked to strengthen proposed laws that would make it easier for telcos or emergency services to put up temporary antennas or mobile towers.

A senate committee that has been looking into the bill recommended last night that it be passed, subject to a review of safeguards.

The bill essentially has two components: allowing emergency services access to NBN towers in some circumstances, and allowing telcos to set up temporary towers, also in a limited set of circumstances.

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

Telstra pushes for long-range 5G standards to suit a wide brown land

13 Sep 2018
TelstraNews

As the international mobile standards body meets in Australia this week, Telstra chief Andy Penn is making a last-minute push to ensure 5G copes with the challenging conditions of our country.

The telco is hosting the 3GPP mobile standards body on the Gold Coast, where 600 delegates from around the world will ratify the international standards to underpin the new 5G mobile networks and devices.

While 5G offers faster download speeds by using higher frequencies, the trade-off is signals can't reach as far. Previous mobile standards were designed for more densely populated regions like Europe and the US, but when applied to Australia they can mean sparse coverage for our far-flung population.

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

Telstra butts heads with Optus and Vodafone over 5G rollout plans

11 Sep 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra has ramped up plans to roll out 5G network infrastructure more than a year before consumers will have new generation devices capable of using the faster technology, but the telco giant's rivals have rubbished claims this will give it an edge in the hyper-competitive mobile market.

At a Gold Coast telecommunications conference set to ratify technology standards for 5G networks, spectrum, systems and devices – to ensure devices work in all corners of the world – Telstra chief executive Andy Penn said Telstra was working hard to progressively add 5G capability to its mobile network towers.

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

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