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'Biggest fight yet': NSW Nationals' $5 billion battle for the bush

26 Feb 2019
InTheNews

Deputy Premier John Barilaro has gone head to head with his Liberal colleagues to deliver the NSW Nationals' biggest spending election campaign in the party's history as it fights to hold on to the bush and government.

Launching the Nationals' campaign in Queanbeyan today, Mr Barilaro will make $3 billion worth of election promises, taking the party's campaign war chest to $5 billion to date, with more still to come in the lead-up to the March 23 election.

Included in this $3 billion package are new funding commitments for water security measures, upgrading regional roads, addressing mobile connectivity, and youth initiatives.

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

New tower provides better mobile coverage

26 Feb 2019
OptusNews

IT IS now easier to use your mobile phone in Maidenwell with a new Optus tower in town improving coverage.

The new tower on Kingaroy-Cooyar Road provides enhanced coverage to more than 200 residents 15 kilometres from the site.

The tower is funded through the Australian Government's Mobile Black Spot Program.

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

Boat Harbour residents to get Telstra and Optus mobile phone towers

22 Feb 2019
TelstraNews

The long-suffering residents of Boat Harbour are rejoicing following news this week that mobile phone reception will soon be restored after years of interrupted service.

Paterson MP Meryl Swanson has sent out letters to affected residents, informing them that construction was expected to begin next month on extending the existing Telstra phone tower in Fishermans Bay Road [atop the water tower] to better service the Boat Harbour region.

At the same time Optus has lodged a development application with Port Stephens Council to construct a $180,000 mobile phone base station comprising a 25m monopole and associated infrastructure at the same Fishermans Bay Road site.

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

Phone faults and no help

22 Feb 2019
InTheNews

With no mobile service residents of Bowmans Creek and Goorangoola rely on their landlines for all telecommunications.

But now even those landlines have become unreliable, a situation which the community feels, puts lives and property at risk.

“We are members of the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and how can anyone be contacted when neither our landlines or mobiles work,” said an extremely frustrated Kayla Marshall.

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

Telstra service interruptions over next nine days as Ballarat Exchange upgrades take place

15 Feb 2019
TelstraNews

Telstra mobile customers around Ballarat have been warned of service disruption over the next nine days as technicians upgrade the main mobile tower at the Ballarat Telephone Exchange.

The works will add more coverage and capacity to the network as the city's population continues to grow.

Mobile towers have three large panels that each offer 120 degrees of coverage, and these will be shut down one at a time as technicians work on them.

"Residents may notice an intermittent or temporary reduction of mobile coverage while this upgrade is occurring," a Telstra spokesman said.

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

What does the end of TPG's mobile network mean?

14 Feb 2019
TpgNews

Industry specialists believe that TPG ceased the rollout of its mobile network for many reasons but not because of the Government ban on Huawei equipment.

Telecommunications consultant Paul Budde referred to the Huawei ban as a "great excuse for the company to abandon its ambitious infrastructure plans".

"Building such a new network doesn’t make economic sense, especially within the context of a merger with Vodafone. This, in essence, would mean that the merged entity would have two separate mobile networks which would largely overlap each other’s markets," Budde wrote in a blog post.

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

Fears phone tower could hurt Tweed children

14 Feb 2019
VodafoneNews

FURIOUS parents in Banora Point fear a phone tower proposed to be built within 500 metres of a primary school and two childcare centres could negatively affect the brains of developing children.

In November, Vodafone put forward a development application for a powerful new 35-metre mobile phone tower to be built within 250 metres of Banora Point Primary School, despite a policy by the NSW Department of Education stating it recommends towers be "at least 500 metres" from the boundary of a school property.

Cherubs Preschool and Caterpillar Tree Family Day Care are also within the 500-metre limit.

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

China's 5G riches are a blocked number for investors

14 Feb 2019
InTheNews

How can investors profit from China's race with the United States for 5G supremacy? Finding the answer is as tricky as figuring out the geopolitics.

China's sleepy telecom stocks came back to life after Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was detained in Canada in early December.

While the official charge was that the company had violated US sanctions on Iran, many in Beijing interpreted the action as another attempt by the US to thwart China's advance in 5G. According to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, Huawei leads the world in the some essential patents for next-generation wireless technology,

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

Telstra plans $160m spend on Vic mobile network projects

14 Feb 2019
TelstraNews

Telstra has plans to invest more than $160 million on 600 mobile network projects in Victoria during the 2018-19 financial year, with the aim of eliminating black spots, improving data speeds and capacity.

The company said in a statement that more than half the money would be spent in regional areas, with $11 million reserved for 26 projects in the Bendigo region, including upgrades in Kangaroo Flat, Epsom and Eaglehawk.

During a visit to Ballarat, Telstra chief executive Andy Penn said the company would invest $20 million to complete 74 projects in and around Ballarat and South West and Western Victoria, with the federal electorates of Ballarat, Corangamite, Wannon and Mallee included.

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

Telstras $160 million investment in Victorian mobile network

14 Feb 2019
TelstraNews

Telstra’s $160 million investment in Victorian mobile network

Telstra will invest more than $160 million on 600 mobile network projects across Victoria this financial year, to help eliminate mobile black spots, improve data speeds and capacity.

More than half of this investment is in regional areas, with $11 million for 26 mobile network projects in the Bendigo region alone, including upgrades in areas such as Kangaroo Flat, Epsom and Eaglehawk.

In Ballarat today, Telstra Chief Executive Officer Andy Penn announced Telstra is to invest more than $20 million to complete 74 mobile network projects in and around Ballarat and South West and Western Victoria.

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

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