New technologies, not more phone towers, may be best for Mallee, communications expert Jim Wyatt says
Traditional mobile phone towers may not be the best way to bridge the Mallee's telecommunications gaps, a visiting expert says.
Jim Wyatt pioneered the mobile black spot program, later rolled out nationally by the federal government, in Western Australia.
In the past, he said, he would have told Mallee residents that expanding mobile coverage was the way to go, "no question" - but not any more.
"The technology has moved on so much," he said.
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Telstra tower issues create havoc in Halls Gap at Easter
At a peak time for visitors to the region during Easter, Halls Gap's mobile base station went down between Thursday afternoon to Saturday afternoon.
A hardware fault, affecting 3G and 4G services, limited communications to and from Halls Gap.
Quarry Restaurant owner Stephen Johnston said not only was his business impacted by the fault, but an emergency situation unfolded at his establishment.
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Gympie gets a new mobile tower as Optus continues black spot program
Optus has switched on a new mobile tower in the Queensland town of Gympie as it continues work on undertaking its mobile black spot program.
Optus say the new tower in the suburb of Southside will help improve 4G mobile coverage across the Gympie region.
Optus’ Territory general manager for Wide Bay, Mungo O’Brien, said, “Optus remains committed to providing fast and effective mobile and internet coverage for customers across Wide Bay.
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Small cells bringing fast mobile coverage to where it’s needed most
‘Small cells’ are an important part of our mobile network, providing additional capacity in busy cities and metropolitan areas without the visual impact of a full mobile base station. They also enhance mobile coverage in regional and rural areas, often at a fraction of the cost of a mobile tower while still providing effective service to where it’s needed.
Small cells, sometimes referred to as ‘mini base stations’, are small enough that you might have already seen one in the suburbs around you without realising – they’re generally made up of one or two small antennas and a small equipment cabinet, typically installed on existing infrastructure like light poles, bus shelters, advertising billboards or payphone cabinets.
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Optus mobile black spot program continues apace
Optus continues the rollout of its black spot program with a new tower switched on in the NSW town of Curlewis to give improved mobile coverage across the Liverpool Plains area.
The company says the new tower will address a known black spot identified by the local community, providing them with dedicated mobile reception to make and receive calls, texts and access mobile data.
Optus’ Territory general manager for North West New South Wales, Chris Simon, said, “This will be the first time Curlewis has had dedicated Optus mobile coverage, providing real choice and competition for residents and businesses in the area.
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Proposed telecommunications facility in Birregurra deferred
Council defers application to proposed telecommunications facility in Birregurra
Colac Otway Shire Council has deferred a decision on a planning permit for a 20-metre Telstra monopole in the centre of Birregurra to seek community feedback and clarification on black spot funding.
Shire Mayor Cr Jason Schram said Council understood how important improved mobile phone coverage was to the community and wanted to seek feedback on the proposed location of the tower due to the impact it may have on the neighbourhood character of Birregurra’s main street.
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Curlewis mobile black-spots to be addressed with Optus tower
Liverpool Plains residents may have improved mobile coverage after a new Optus mobile tower was switched on in Curlewis on Thursday.
The new tower is located off McCormack Lane on the recreation grounds in the town, and was erected to address a known black-spot in the local community.
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Half of Woods Point still in the dark
WOODS Point is a town divided when it comes to phone reception.
Despite a new mobile tower being switched on recently, mobile phone reception has not improved for some residents.
It appears you need to live on the right side of town if you want top reception.
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Better coverage is aim of Telstra's tower permit application for Tullah
Telstra has applied to the West Coast Council for a permit to install a 35 metre high mobile phone tower at Tullah.
The company wants to site the tower at 56 Farrell Street at the Tullah Lakeside Chalet.
The facility is not defined as 'low impact', otherwise it would have been able to go ahead without council approval.
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$80 million for Mobile Black Spot Program: Mark Coulton, Bridget McKenzie
The mobile black spots yet to get coverage are "the more difficult ones to cover", says Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton.
Round five of the Mobile Black Spot Program is open. $80 million has been allocated for the program to expand mobile coverage in rural and regional areas.
In the latest round, it was announced that the Parkes electorate would receive five new Telstra base stations at Tilpa, Silverton Exchange, Enngonia, Pimpara Lake (near Packsaddle) and Naree Station (near Yantabulla).
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