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New station to connect community

10 Apr 2018
TelstraNews

A second mobile telecommunications base station has been erected in Norseman in what has been dubbed a “game-changer” for network coverage in the Goldfields town.

The site, funded by Telstra through the Turnbull Government’s Mobile Black Spot program, was activated last month, and joins the site already based about 7km from Norseman’s centre.

Norseman Hotel owner-manager Claye Poletti welcomed the tower, citing frustration with the previous phone coverage, and said it was much-needed infrastructure for his business.

“It will make things a lot easier,” he said.
 
“The phone service was no good before, so this should help us out a fair bit.”

The new site is equipped with 3G and 4GX service technology to provide a much faster mobile network to customers as well as more consistent data speeds.

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

Optus to build 12 new mobile sites as part of fed govt's black spot programme

09 Apr 2018
OptusNews

If the lack of Optus mobile coverage in specific locations in NSW, QLD and Tasmania is leaving you feeling black, Optus and the federal government's Mobile Black Spot programme will shine bright white with fresh new coverage.

If the Australian Government scratches the backs of telcos with black spot funding, telcos will scratch back by building the towers needed to illuminate new coverage in areas that clearly sorely need it.

This kind of funding is presumably there because the black spots in question just aren't economical for the telco to build on its own, so with government money in play, Optus can throw in some money of its own to ensure another set of black spots can be blown away.

So, with Optus announcing that it has "successfully secured funding to build 12 new mobile sites as part of the Priority round of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme" much needed mobile coverage and connectivity to regional communities is coming soon.

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

Better mobile phone reception for Bombala, Delegate, Tumut, Carwoola and Tathra

09 Apr 2018
TelstraNews

New Federal funding promises to fill in a number of Mobile Black Spots in South East NSW.

One hundred and six (106) priority locations across Australia have been singled out for improved mobile phone coverage through Optus, Telstra, and Vodafone. One hundred and two (102) new base stations will be built, including five local sites:

    Bombala – Will receive a new Telstra macro base station which will provide new Telstra coverage to areas between Bibbenluke and Cathcart, and sections of the Monaro Highway to Ando.

    Delegate –  A Telstra macro base station through this round of funding. The base station will provide improved Telstra coverage to Delegate and along Delegate Road.

    Tumut – A new Telstra 4G small cell base station, which is expected to address identified coverage issues. Optus has also recognised coverage issues at Tumut and has advised it will be deploying a new macro base station in the town.

    Carwoola – Funding for a Telstra macro base station which will provide improved Telstra coverage to Carwoola and surrounding areas, including along Widgiewa Road.

    Tathra – Telstra has committed to deploying a new 4G small cell base station, while Optus has also recognised coverage issues at Tathra, and will be deploying a new macro base station for the village.

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

Lining up for better times

09 Apr 2018
TelstraNews

Mobile phone coverage is set to improve in Katunga and Gunbower with a Telstra station due to be built before June next year.

But Katandra West appears to still be kept on hold.

The successful towns were identified as ‘‘priority locations’’ more than 18 months ago. It was announced this week they had received funding as part of the Federal Government’s $220million Mobile Black Spot Program.

But Katunga farmer Daryl Hoey believes the issue should have been addressed far sooner.

‘‘It should have never come to this,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s about time we’re getting better mobile service.’’

Mr Hoey said he had difficulties on the farm with mobile service dropping in and out, rendering reception as unreliable.

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

Millions in funding to fix CQ mobile blackspots

09 Apr 2018
InTheNews

MOBILE communication issues across Capricornia are set to be addressed with the lastest $220 million funding from the Coalition Government.

The Mobile Black Spot Program identified Capricornia locations Clermont, Koumala, Yeppoon, and Emu Park as having coverage issues.

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the new coverage would open doors for local businesses and the community, enabling them to access the same mobile services as those in major cities.

"The Coalition's Mobile Black Spot program is already delivering new or improved coverage to ten sites across Capricornia, which will see local businesses and residents in the area benefit from access to 21st century communications.

"This programme is vital to seeing our regional and rural communities reach their potential in a modern economy," Ms Landry said.

"Small businesses and families right across CQ are benefitting from improved telecommunications and I am thrilled to be able to deliver improvements to more areas."

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

Optus to launch 5G router in January 2019

07 Apr 2018
OptusNews

Optus is promising to get 5G into homes in the new year, but you'll have to pay for the privilege of high speeds (and 5G handsets are still a way off).

The ultrafast speeds of 5G are coming, and they could be at your place as soon as January 2019.

Optus announced Thursday that it's in the final stages of testing a commercial 5G router for consumers, and that the hardware should be ready to launch at the start of the new year.

"We want to make sure Australia is one of the first markets in the world to have commercial 5G," said Optus CEO Allen Lew.

The telco showed off the heft of the new router at its 5G Live showcase on the Gold Coast, where it was used to power live demos of things like VR soccer and low-latency robots that respond to human movements in real time.

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

Improved mobile phone coverage for Beerwah and Glass House Mountains

07 Apr 2018
TelstraNews

Beerwah and Glass House Mountains will receive new Telstra mobile telephone towers following the announcement of the outcomes of a tendering process to provide Federally-funded base stations on the Sunshine Coast.

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace announced the local outcomes and welcomed important progress on this 2016 Coalition election promise.

He said “This is great news for these two local communities. The lack of mobile phone reception in parts of the hinterland continues to be one of the most common issues brought to me by local residents. Business owners, students, parents and many others in the hinterland rely on their mobile phone to stay connected. I’m very pleased to announce that both of these tower projects are now locked in and ready to get underway.”

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

Better coverage for two mobile phone 'black spots'

07 Apr 2018
TelstraNews

Two priority mobile black spot locations in Mackay have been identified under the Federal Government's nation-wide Mobile Black Spot Program.

The two 'Black Spot' areas in Mackay will be addressed in the 'Priority Round' of the nationwide $220million roll-out of new telecommunications infrastructure to be provided by mobile phone services Optus, Telstra, and Vodafone.

$60million has been dedicated specifically to infrastructure in priority areas.

"Two priority mobile black spot areas identified late last year were Mt Ossa and Yalboroo, both along the Bruce Highway between Mackay and Proserpine,” Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen has announced.

"We now have confirmation that (the) Telstra bids have been successful and will receive funding to deliver coverage under the Mobile Black Spot Program," Mr Christensen said.

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

Telstra mobile phone tower planned for Secret Harbour approved by Rockingham council

07 Apr 2018
TelstraNews

A CONTROVERSIAL application by Telstra to build a mobile phone tower in Secret Harbour has been approved.

The City of Rockingham had twice previously rejected the application, citing visual amenity concerns.

Many residents opposed the application and attended council meetings to voice their objections.

Telstra rejected the council’s decision, taking their application to the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for a review of the decision.

At the March meeting, Cr Deb Hamblin conceded the cost of fighting SAT and Telstra would be too much for the City.

“At the mediation meeting ordered by SAT, Telstra had lawyers and technical staff there,” she said.

“They told us all about the reception and all those things.

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

Mobile phone coverage boost on way for Yellow Rock residents

07 Apr 2018
TelstraNews

Residents in Yellow Rock could finally enjoy better mobile phone coverage after it was included in the federal government’s latest mobile black spot program.

Yellow Rock was listed as a “priority location” for Telstra in the announcement, along with the Megalong Valley and Grose Vale in the Macquarie electorate.

Regional communications minister, Senator Bridget McKenzie, said the Coalition was fulfilling its election commitment to address mobile coverage across regional Australia.

“The Coalition understands the importance of having access to modern and reliable 21st century communications, particularly in the regions. Mobile coverage has become an essential service for work, education and social connection,” she said.

The first of the base stations nationally are expected to be rolled out by the end of this year.

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

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