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Batchelor mobile phone service switched on

26 Jul 2018
TelstraNews

Residents of Batchelor/Lake Bennett will now benefit from improved mobile coverage thanks to the switch on of a new mobile base station under the Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

It also gives travelers on the Stuart Highway limited coverage on their trip.

Minister for Regional Communications Bridget McKenzie, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Price have welcomed the switch on of a new mobile base station on Chinner Road in Batchelor.

The new mobile base station was completed with Telstra and is the latest of 20 sites across the NT to receive new or improved mobile coverage under the program.

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

Maranup mobile base up and running

26 Jul 2018
TelstraNews

After some teething issues following the installation of a mobile base station, mobile coverage for residents in the Maranup region, near Northcliffe, is up and running.

The mobile base station is part of Telstra and Federal Government Mobile Black Spot Program to bring mobile coverage to rural Australia.

Telstra area general manager Boyd Brown said the mobile base station provided improved coverage to residents, as well as motorists on Brockman Highway and Maranup Ford Road.

 Mr Brown said the initial power issues last week had affected mobile coverage and Telstra had commissioned the site ahead of schedule by using a temporary power generator.

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

S&P's NBN report is really a warning for Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and TPG

26 Jul 2018
InTheNews

The S&P Global Ratings report on the manifest failings of NBN Co is really a warning for the country's mobile network operators even though they have the most to gain from the wholesale broadband network becoming increasingly unattractive to consumers.

At the heart of the S&P report is the perfectly valid claim that the regulatory policy framework for NBN is distorting asset allocation in the telecommunications sector.

The report carries plenty of credibility given that S&P was asked by the government to rate the company in 2016 ahead of possible debt issuance which never happened.

It is distinctly possible there will be an end to this distortion which would spell big trouble for Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, TPG and Vocus. A changed regulatory framework could undermine the investments made by mobile operators in network infrastructure.

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

NBN Co's deferral of $2.6bn of work still unexplained

25 Jul 2018
NbnNews

'Shift in the deployment profile for build activity'.

The government has avoided a detailed explanation of why NBN Co drew down $2.6 billion less than anticipated from its federal debt facility in the past financial year.

In response to questions raised at recent hearings by the NBN joint committee, the Department of Communications declined to attribute NBN Co’s shifting need for debt funding to “rollout delays”.

Instead, the department would only say that “there has been a shift in the deployment profile
for build activity into 2018-19 and 2019-20 with an associated shift in the debt profile for the company, as less financing is required in the 2017-18 year.”

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

Pivotal Commware 'solves biggest carrier obstacle to enabling fixed 5G wireless'

25 Jul 2018
NbnAltNews

A new start-up says it has achieved a gigabit-plus fixed 5G wireless link through its "Echo 5G Beamformer" to solve the in-building penetration problem.

Pivotal Commware, which claims to be the "inventor of Holographic Beam Forming", says it has "successfully demonstrated 1.3 Gbps of throughput in live 5G field trials at 28 GHz".

In this field trial, Pivotal said its "Echo 5G beamforming repeater overcame the biggest obstacle to fixed 5G wireless access at millimetre waves – in-building penetration".

We're told the Echo 5G "enabled Gigabit+ connectivity to an indoor subscriber after penetrating double-paned glass at a 45-degree angle from a base station at a distance equivalent to 1,640 feet away (499.87 metres)".

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

Vodafone's Red plans add unlimited streaming options from $5 to $15 per month

25 Jul 2018
VodafoneNews

Already available in 9 other countries, the Vodafone Pass is now in Australia, giving Red plan users the ability for "endless streaming on the apps they love".

Vodafone has launched a "revamped range of mobile plans including the new ‘Vodafone Pass’ available as an add on to Vodafone Red plans.

"Vodafone Passes offer worry free streaming in Australia at 1.5Mbps across four categories: chat, social, music and video at a cost of between $5 and $15 per month".

We're told the introduction of Vodafone Pass comes "following its success in other Vodafone markets around the world, with Australia being the tenth country to jump on board".

Each of the four passes can be easily added onto any SIM only and Vodafone Red plan through the My Vodafone App. Billed monthly, the passes allow unmetered streaming across the following apps at the speed of 1.5Mbps:

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

S&P report says 'damaging' writedown of NBN inevitable

25 Jul 2018
NbnNews

Australia's national broadband network, the NBN, will not return a profit on the billions invested in the project, a new report from credit ratings agency Standard & Poors says.

The Australian reported that S&P predicted a writedown of the NBN, which would be politically damaging to the Coalition Government.

The ratings agency claimed that the NBN Co's business model had led to Australian telecommunications companies investing heavily in mobile services in order to avoid paying the NBN Co's prices.

This, in turn, had led to a situation which affected NBN Co financially.

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

Wilsons Creek residents take class action against Telstra tower

25 Jul 2018
TelstraNews

A nationwide class action is being filed against government and industry for harmful exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) by Wilsons Creek locals over the development application for a Telstra microwave tower in their valley. 

The effects of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) is a contentious issue for many; those who have sought to avoid EMR towers for health reasons have been vilified.

However, there is an increasing body of scientific literature that is now challenging the safety of EMR, and Oceania Radiofrequency Scientific Advisory Association (ORSAA) is a group of concerned scientists from a range of disciplines that have been bringing this material together. 

Locally, this is coming to a head around the proposed 35m Telstra microwave tower in Wilsons Creek with locals and other concerned community members forming the Environment and Community Safe from Radiation Association (ECSRA). 

To continue reading the article: click here. (echo.net.au)

Pensioner hit with hefty bill for improved phone coverage

25 Jul 2018
InTheNews

NULLAWARRE’S Colin Collet decided to invest in an aerial for peace of mind after the St Patrick’s Day fires.

The 73-year-old was close to leaving his property, based on advice on the radio.

But he was concerned – due to poor phone coverage where he lives – he wouldn’t receive emergency notifications on his mobile phone.

“When the fires came through this year I was sitting by the wireless because that was the only way I was getting information,” he said.

“If people weren’t listening (to the radio) they wouldn’t have known what was going on.”

To continue reading the article: click here. (standard.net.au)

Phone tower push renewed

25 Jul 2018
TelstraNews

The fight for a mobile phone tower in Napier continues, with more than 70 people attending a meeting last Wednesday urgig Telstra to go ahead with the plan.

As revealed by the Albany Advertiser in May, the Napier tower proposal has been in limbo for more than a year because of unresolved issues between Telstra and private landowners.

Lack of mobile phone coverage in the area hampered communication during the May bushfire which destroyed a home in Napier.

Telstra told Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson’s office in November that “all alternative site operations in the area had been exhausted”.

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

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