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Vodafone paints bleak picture of financial future without TPG merger

30 May 2019
VodafoneNews

Court documents filed by Vodafone Hutchison Australia claim that the telco’s shareholders – VHA is owned 50 per cent by Vodafone and 50 per cent by Hutchison Telecommunications Australia – are unlikely to receive a dividend from their investment in the business over the next five years “if ever”, if a proposed merger with TPG is blocked.

VHA launched Federal Court action after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it opposed the two telcos merging. The court action is supported by TPG.

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

Help solve mobile black spot problems

30 May 2019
InTheNews

Mobile phone black spots continue to plague South Australia as many regional and rural areas continue to have little or no coverage.

In the latest round of the Commonwealth black spot program has $80 million allocated to deliver better services across the nation, with $10 million allocated to South Australia.

The State Government will add $3 million to the coffers in a bid to help take care of some of the 500 mobile black spots which are registered in regional South Australia.

SA Regional Development Minister Tim Whetstone said the government was addressing the large backlog of black spots.

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

Telstra unable to specify how much coverage will improve with new Tullah tower

30 May 2019
TelstraNews

Telstra cannot say how much mobile coverage will be improved by the construction of a new telecommunications tower at Tullah.

Plans for the 35 metre tower on Farrell Street were approved by West Coast Council on Tuesday night.

But Telstra was unable to answer questions from The Advocate about how the infrastructure would improve coverage, range or network capacity and when construction was expected to commence.

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

Muswellbrook residents can expect improved mobile phone coverage after Optus switches on new tower in town

30 May 2019
OptusNews

MUSWELLBROOK residents can expect improved mobile phone coverage after Optus switched on a new tower in town this week.

The tower is expected to enhance 4G mobile coverage for those travelling along Hassell Road and the New England Highway between Muswellbrook and Singleton.

"It's fantastic that we have been able to bring improved coverage to the Upper Hunter, reducing call drop-outs along the New England Highway and enabling residents to stay connected with their friends and family through reliable voice and data access," Optus' territory general manager for North West New South Wales Chris Simon said.

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

ACCC takes a long shot at mobile service competition

30 May 2019
TpgNews

The ACCC considers “TPG is the best prospect Australia has for a new mobile network operator to enter the market, and this is likely the last chance we have for stronger competition in the supply of mobile services”.

The "best prospect" and "last chance" are long shots compared with the more obvious, more substantial and more immediate competition benefit and investment case that would come with the merger of TPG and third mobile carrier Vodafone Hutchison Australia. The long shots may require further intervention by the ACCC to support its preferred outcome, with the risk being that it holds back valuable mobile network development to prop up an otherwise unworkable fourth network entrant.

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

Optus strikes WA Govt deal for regional network upgrade

30 May 2019
OptusNews

Optus has struck an agreement with the Western Australia Government in a co-investment deal worth more than $3.8 million to upgrade 11 satellite small cells across regional areas.

This will be the first time that 4G coverage will come to some of the state's most remote communities such as the Karijini Eco Resort, Campground and Visitor Centre, Home Valley Station, Kalumburu, Burringurrah, Cape Le Grand Lucky Bay, Mindibunga, Alexander Bay, Bell Gorge and Parnngurr Community.

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

$80 million for black spots

30 May 2019
InTheNews

The federal government has announced the fifth round of the Mobile Black Spot Program, with $80 million made available to rural communities across the country.

The state government will contribute an additional $3 million to reducing black spots across South Australia.

With around 500 black spots registered across the state, an Expression of Interest process is now underway to decide on priority locations.

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

WA Govt plugs $20.7M into mobile blackspot program

24 May 2019
InTheNews

The Western Australia Government is putting $20.7 million towards fixing regional mobile blackspots under the Regional Telecommunications Project.

The government has recognised poor digital connectivity as a major impediment to regional economic development and job creation.

This new funding will also put the state in good stead for the next round of the Federal Government’s Mobile Blackspot Program, placing it in a stronger position in being able to negotiate Federal and industry investment.

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

New round of Black Spot funding opens

24 May 2019
InTheNews

Rural mobile phone coverage is set for a boost with the Marshall Liberal Government working with regional communities to deliver the latest round of Mobile Black Spot Program funding.

Round five of the Commonwealth Mobile Black Spot Program is now open with $80 million available across the country. The State Government will contribute a further $3 million towards local black spots from the $10 million South Australian Mobile Phone Black Spot fund.

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

Council refuses permit for monopole in Birregurra’s heritage preci

24 May 2019
TelstraNews

Colac Otway refuses permit for monopole in Birregurra’s heritage precinct

Colac Otway Shire Council will encourage Telstra to lodge a planning application to establish a new mobile phone tower at a location than doesn’t impact on the valued streetscape character of Birregurra.

Council has refused to grant a planning permit for the construction of a 20-metre telecommunications monopole in Birregurra’s Jenner Street because of the detrimental visual impact on the town’s Main Street heritage precinct.

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