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Mobile phone tower approved for Raymond Terrace

24 May 2019
InTheNews

Poor mobile phone reception could be a thing of the past by the end of the year for many residents in the Lakeside area of Raymond Terrace.

Port Stephens Council last week approved a 38.4 metre high telecommunications tower in the Leisure Way carpark (near the rugby league fields, swim and bowling centres).

 

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

Chinese brands dominate, but Europe smartphone sales down

24 May 2019
InTheNews

Smartphone sales in Europe during the first quarter of 2019 fell 3% year-on-year and 20% quarter-on-quarter, the analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that there was a marginal increase in eastern Europe while Western Europe saw a 6% year-on-year drop.

Samsung retained the top position with 31% (compared to 30% in 2018) while Huawei was second with 26% (up from 15% in 2018) and Apple brought up the rear, finishing third with 21%, a drop from 23% last year.

Counterpoint Research director Peter Richardson said: “The smartphone market declined mainly due to a lengthening replacement cycle and lack of innovation in new models.

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

Phone issues worsened situation

24 May 2019
TelstraNews

Redmond fire control officer Pieter Mostert remembers how the lack of phone coverage complicated the fight against the May, 2018 bushfires.

During the emergency, he struggled to contact volunteer firefighters to recruit them, those who were already fighting, control centres in Albany or the community at risk.

Since then, Telstra has activated 13 new mobile base stations across the Great Southern as part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

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

$20 million on table for regional mobile black spots

24 May 2019
InTheNews

McGowan Government to invest $20.7 million towards fixing regional mobile black spots
Funding to ensure WA gets its fair share of Federal Mobile Black Spot Program

The McGowan Government is stepping up efforts to close the digital divide in regional Western Australia, setting aside $20.7 million for the Regional Telecommunications Project.

Poor digital connectivity has been identified as one of the major impediments to regional economic development and job creation.

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

Improved mobile phone service for Old Bar and highway

24 May 2019
OptusNews

Optus has switched on a new tower in Taree, bringing improved mobile coverage to Old Bar Road and the Pacific Highway.

The new tower will not only provide improved coverage for those travelling along Old bar Road and the Pacific Highway, but also provide improved capacity the Taree Interchange Service Centre, Optus' Territory general nanager for North West NSW, Chris Simon said.

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

Dardanup council topple Henty mobile tower plans

24 May 2019
InTheNews

The Dardanup Shire Council unanimously voted to reject a development application for a mobile tower in Henty last week.

Shire president Mick Bennett said councillors based their decision on the proposed Pile Road location near Joel Court “not being a good idea”.

“The community didn’t like where it would have been in an area just as you were coming down into the valley, which I think is fair enough,” he said.

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

Optus switches on a new mobile tower in Taree

24 May 2019
OptusNews

Improves coverage along the Pacific Highway

Optus has switched on a new tower in Taree, bringing improved mobile coverage to the Mid North Coast.

The new tower will improve coverage along Old Bar road and the Pacific Highway, providing the local community with uninterrupted mobile reception to make and receive calls, texts and access mobile data.

 

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

More towers to address GS ‘black spots’

19 May 2019
InTheNews

How often do you deal with poor mobile reception? Chances are not as much as you used to in the Great Southern.

Since 2013, 78 mobile towers across the O’Connor electorate have been built to boost phone reception.

That has been in areas including Elleker, Albany, Bayonet Head and Cheynes — and a Salmon Holes tower was announced last month.

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

Spring Ridge and Blackville to benefit from Mobile Black Spot Program

19 May 2019
TelstraNews

After 10 years of battling poor mobile reception, Spring Ridge residents are celebrating a win.

Last week, New England MP Barnaby Joyce announced new small cell base stations for Spring Ridge and Blackville under the Mobile Black Spot Program after telling the NVI in March that seven different locations around Spring Ridge had been nominated as mobile blackspots on the national database.

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

Residents cut off

17 May 2019
TelstraNews

DROUGHT hit farmers in the Central Highlands have been dealt another blow - hundreds have been unable to use their landlines, mobile phones or internet for the past week.

With no confirmed repair date in sight, Rolleston residents like Karen Smith are growing frustrated with telco giant Telstra, which is the primary service provider in the area.

Mrs Smith said it felt as though the telco was "just spinning us along”.

"It's almost as if Telstra is holding us to ransom. Our neighbour has got a little bit of mobile service but they paid over $1000 for a Cel-Fi, which draws signal from the tower.”

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

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