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Optus target Junee’s notorious mobile black spots

25 Jul 2017
OptusNews

Junee and Old Junee have been earmarked for improved service under a $1 billion expansion of regional coverage by Optus.

In a statement released on Friday, Optus announced it would build 500 new towers, upgrade 1800 and improve the 4G capacity of 200 sites around regional Australia.

“This represents one of the single largest investments in regional mobile infrastructure in Australia’s history,” Allen Lew, Optus’ Chief Executive Officer said.

Junee, Old Junee, Downside, Wantabadgery, Gundagai, Tumut and Uranquinty are among the local areas currently listed for improved service.

A spokeswoman from Optus couldn’t give specific details on how Junee’s service will improve.

“Optus is currently working with local councils and communities to identify sites for new towers and tower upgrades,” she said.

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

Optus Is Shutting Down 2G For The Rest Of Australia Next Month: Here's What To Do

25 Jul 2017
OptusNews

Say goodbye to Optus' 2G network - the telco will be shutting down the service in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania on August 1, with Northern Territory and Western Australia already switched off.

But what does this mean for you?

If you or a loved one have a 2G SIM card, Mobile Handheld, Mobile Broadband, Tablets or wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) device it won't work on Optus's network anymore. You won't be able to make or receive voice calls or SMS, access voicemail or use data services.

If you're with Virgin Mobile or an Optus Wholesale service provider using the 2G GSM network, you will also be cut off.

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

South west farmer builds tower in first step to creating on-farm monitoring system

24 Jul 2017
InTheNews

A SOUTH west Queensland beef and cropping farmer plans to create his own on-farm monitoring system after building and installing a 53 metre tower to improve his internet capabilities.

Andrew Sevil, Whyenbah, Dirranbandi, used the guidance of a Brisbane based engineer to design and construct a ‘guyed mast’ tower that would allow him to connect to internet services in neighbouring towns. 

Mr Sevil, who runs the 6000 hectare property 20km north of Dirranbandi, built the trusses during wet weather when he was unable to do work out in the paddock. 

The tower was lifted into position on April 11 after 12 months of planning and cost about $16,000.

Mr Sevil said the tower allowed them to access internet from a clear line of sight and provided them with a whole new world.

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

More mobile coverage and better roads would drive more tourists to the NT, officials say

24 Jul 2017
InTheNews

A LACK of mobile coverage and poor roads are some of the key reasons tourists don’t come to the Territory, NT tourism officials have said.

But with better infrastructure, the tourism industry could be vastly improved, the federal Parliament’s Northern Australia Committee will be told this week.

The committee has received submissions from Tourism Top End, Kakadu Tourism and the NT Government.

“Infrastructure will play an integral role in the development of Tourism across the NT,” the Tourism Top End submission stated.

“Development should include a mix of public and private investment that enables visitation in shoulder and low seasons to increase.”

According to the submission, improved mobile phone coverage would help.

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

When in roam: Vodafone $5 roaming adds 8 more countries

22 Jul 2017
VodafoneNews

Vodafone gives you roam to move, leaving you free to roam in NZ, and free to roam in the 63 other countries for $5 per day.

When in roam, do as the Voda roamers do – talk, text and use your data like you’re back here in Australia, for just $5 per day when you use one, two or all three of those services on a per-day basis.

As Vodafone’s Consumer Business Unit director Ben McIntosh said in his blog post, Vodafone “gives you the flexibility to travel to selected countries while using your mobile plan just like you do at home".

“The extra $5 a day allows you to tap into your plan inclusions — text, data and calls — so that you can stay connected and be productive while minimising the chances of getting stung with a nasty bill while you are out the country,” added McIntosh. More below.

“Remember, we only charge you $5 for the days you use international roaming, not for every day of your trip,” McIntosh continued.

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

Fifield predicts 5G revolution for Australia, ignores NBN

22 Jul 2017
InTheNews

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield clearly believes in the slogan that a former Labor prime minister, Julia Gillard, used in her last election campaign: moving forward.

Fifield has moved on to the next phase of his life: yesterday he gave a 2368-word speech at a telecommunications conference in Sydney and did not mention the word NBN even once.

He waxed lyrical about 5G, the proposed next telecommunications standard. You can see the entire speech here.

Fifield said: "I believe that the imminent arrival of 5G mobile technology will be a truly revolutionary event in the telecommunications industry. In fact, the arrival of 5G may well be an inflection point not just for the telecoms sector, but for the entire Australian economy."

One would think that the national broadband network, the project that's often called the biggest such endeavour in the country's history — NBN chief executive Bill Morrow sometimes calls it one of the biggest and most difficult in the world — would have figured even momentarily.

Fifield did use the word "broadband" twice – but once it was in reference to mobile broadband and on the second occasion he used the variation "wireless broadband". That's all.

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

New mobile towers for Flynn

22 Jul 2017
OptusNews

PHONE reception in Avondale, Gooburrum and Winfield will improve with new mobile phone towers announced yesterday.

Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd welcomed the announcement by Optus of $1 billion investment strategy to improve mobile coverage across the country.

The investment includes plans to construct 500 new base stations - including 114 under the Australian Government's Mobile Blackspot Programme - five of which will be in Flynn.

"It's exciting to see Optus planning to invest so heavily in rural and regional mobile coverage," Mr O'Dowd said.

To continue reading the article: click here. (news-mail.com.au)

Optus reveals $1 billion plan to boost mobile coverage in regional Australia

21 Jul 2017
OptusNews

Optus is spending $1 billion building 500 new mobile base stations around regional Australia to compete better against Telstra and Vodafone. 

The money will be spent within one year and includes upgrading 1,800 existing 3G sites to 4G technology. The $1 billion spend includes the cost of spectrum licenses in regional areas and 114 towers built with funding from the federal government's Regional Mobile Blackspots Program. 

"This represents one of the single largest investments in regional mobile infrastructure in Australia's history," Optus chief executive Allen Lee said on Friday. 

"Optus is building out its mobile network in the places where people live, work and travel...Importantly, we are densifying the mobile network to provide better download speeds for data-hungry applications such as video streaming."

The competition watchdog recently decided it will not declare regional mobile networks as share infrastructure, which means Optus will not be forced to sell access to competitors. 

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

'Not holding my breath': Optus news fails to assure local

21 Jul 2017
OptusNews

OPTUS has announced it will add a new mobile site at Boyne Island to bring the company's mobile coverage to the area for the first time.

The growing demand for mobile data is what triggered the proposal to upgrade an existing telecommunications facility at Centenary Drive.

The proposal calls for three new panel antennas to be attached to a tower, where previously only Telstra equipment existed.

It includes a new shelter to house equipment to be mounted at ground level as well.

"In order to reduce the visual impact of the site, Optus will install the technology on an existing Telstra tower," an Optus spokesperson said.

"The site will provide coverage to the residential areas of Boyne Island along Handley Drive and parts of Boyne Island Rd."

"Coverage will also extend to parts of Tannum Sands."

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

Optus unveils billion dollar mobile spruce-up

21 Jul 2017
OptusNews

Optus is giving its mobile network a billion dollar spruce-up in what is the single largest regional capital expenditure plan in the telco’s 25-year history in Australia.

The telco will pour $1 billion into improving and expanding its mobile network in regional Australia by the end of June 2018, with chief executive Allen Lew saying the initiative will see service quality improve across the board for all Optus customers.

“This represents one of the single largest investments in regional mobile infrastructure in Australia’s history,” he said.

“Optus’ funding is earmarked to expand coverage and improve overall network performance for residents, businesses, and our wholesale partnership.

“It will also help build the network resilience that is critical to supporting public safety and emergency services during natural disasters,” he added.

Under the stated strategy, Optus will build 500 new mobile sites across regional and remote parts of Australia, including 114 sites under the federal government’s mobile black spots program. It will also complete its 4G upgrade program with more than 1800 sites transitioned from 3G to 4G technology.

Extra 4G capacity will be added to more than 200 sites.

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

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