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‘Community feedback’ sees Telstra commit to better Tathra mobile coverage

07 Apr 2018
TelstraNews

Community pressure has resulted in Telstra keeping in place a temporary mobile phone base station, placed in Tathra during last month’s bushfire, until the construction of a new permanent small cell is complete.

Known as a Cell on Wheels, or COW,  the mobile base station is generally used to provide extra temporary cellular network coverage for high-profile events and emergency services. 

“As part of our response to the bushfires in Tathra we deployed a temporary Cell on Wheels in the town to help support services in the area,”  Telstra area general manager Chris Taylor said on Friday.

“Based on community feedback about mobile coverage in the area, the Cell on Wheels will remain in place in the short term while we construct a new permanent small cell to boost 4G mobile coverage in Tathra in the coming weeks.”

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Riverina's mobile 'black spots' covered under $45.6 million federal government fund

07 Apr 2018
TelstraNews

Wantabadgery, Currawarna and Ladysmith have formally been ticked off the nation’s mobile coverage black spot list under a $45.6 million federal government fund, the Minister for Regional Communications has revealed.

Senator Bridget McKenzie on Thursday announced the three Riverina towns among the latest round of the Coalition’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

“All 125 identified priority black spot locations will receive improved mobile coverage. This significant investment is great news for thousands of people across Australia.” she said.

Ladysmith’s Telstra base station officially opened in February, while Wantabadgery and Currawarna are listed as having small cell coverage.

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Mobile black spot improvements: Killcare, Wendoree Park and Spencer

07 Apr 2018
TelstraNews

TWO of the Coast’s most isolated suburbs will get better phone coverage under a Federal Government program.

Wendoree Park and Spencer, along with Killcare, have been highlighted as priority locations for the $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

Killcare will receive funding for a Telstra macro base station which will benefit Killcare, Killcare Heights, Hardys Bay and Wagstaffe.

Wendoree Park will also receive a Telstra station to improve coverage along the banks of Mangrove Creek and the Hawkesbury River, while Spencer will have its mobile black spot issues addressed under round two of the program. This base station is being delivered by Optus and is due to be completed this year.

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Telstra big winner in government’s mobile black spot program

07 Apr 2018
TelstraNews

Government to help telco deliver coverage at 89 sites

The government will help fund efforts by Telstra to deliver mobile coverage in 89 under-served areas as part of the latest round of the mobile black spot program.

Telstra said it would deliver coverage at 84 of the sites through mobile base stations; the remaining five will be served through 4G small cells. The sites are spread throughout South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.

Optus received funding for 12 sites across New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania.

Vodafone received funding for a new mobile site at the Melbourne suburb of Kalorama.

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ACCC queries inaction over future NBN split and sale

06 Apr 2018
NbnNews

Worries govt may want to sell NBN Co whole to maximise price.

The ACCC has raised concerns about government inaction over how NBN Co will be split up for sale once the network is complete.

The competition watchdog's final communications market study [pdf] - released today - raises fresh concerns about how privatisation plans for NBN Co are progressing.

It reveals preliminary action is occurring on NBN Co’s side to prepare for the eventuality that it is broken up, in line with recommendations made in the 2014 Vertigan panel of experts review.

“We understand that NBN Co has introduced separate accounts for the different lines of its business, which it provides to the government,” the ACCC said.

“In addition, we understand a report was commissioned by NBN Co on OSS and BSS [operations support system/business support system] separation and provided to the government, but neither the report itself nor its findings have been released publicly.”

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Optus prepares for 5G liftoff in Australia next year

06 Apr 2018
OptusNews

Optus CEO Allen Lew said the upcoming rollout of the 5G fixed wireless service - slated for early 2019 - will give people an alternative to the NBN service.

“The reality is people will have a choice ... NBN is an option. Today, people can already use 4G broadband service and there are multiple service providers. 5G is another option that individuals can choose for their homes or  their businesses, depending on their needs.”

Lew made his comments to the media at the official unveiling of the 5G technology showcase, which is on display at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games during the 12 days of the event.


He said 5G will be available in Australia to consumers in capital cities starting from January 2019. The first mobile devices will come in the second half of 2019.

“The first application of 5G is not the mobility application because the standards for that will not be finalised until June this year, but the standards for fixed wireless ... have been set.”

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Speedy 5G could 'disrupt' NBN model, says competition regulator

06 Apr 2018
NbnNews

The competition regulator has warned 5G could steer customers away from the national broadband network and towards mobile-only internet connections.

The new mobile technology has the potential “to disrupt fixed broadband services,” according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) communications market report released on Thursday.

Telecommunication companies are racing to deliver fifth-generation mobile technology by 2020, which will have faster speeds and lower latency than 4G. The NBN is expected to complete its rollout around the same time.

Optus and Telstra are running highly publicised trials and displays of 5G internet services at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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Improved mobile phone coverage for Beerwah and Glass House Mountains

06 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.”

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Australian Government Mobile Blackspot Program round three announces 102 new sites

06 Apr 2018
InTheNews

The latest round of funding has been announced in the Australian Government mobile blackspot program, with Telstra, Optus and Vodafone all receiving funding to build out 102 more sites.

The Australian Government has allocated AU$60 million AUD in this latest round of funding, the third since it was announced in 2016.

Telstra is taking a large portion of the funds after announcing they had been awarded 89 new priority sites, bringing their total to 650 sites across the three rounds. Telstra will build out sites across all Australian states, though no territories are listed in the locations being targeted.

Of the 89 sites being built in this latest round, Telstra says that 84 will be delivered through mobile base stations, while five sites, Aireys Inlet, Anglesea and Bellbrae in Victoria, and Tathra and Tumut in New South Wales will be delivered through Telstra’s 4G small cell technology.

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Improved mobile coverage for Stokes Bay, KI

06 Apr 2018
TelstraNews

Mobile coverage at Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island will be substantially improved following the completion of a local Telstra base station.

The base station will provide improved coverage around Stokes Bay, particularly along the Playford Highway between Parndana and Gosse.

The station was funded by Federal Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

Senator Anne Ruston 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.

“Regional communities should have the same services that are provided in Adelaide,” Senator Ruston said.


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