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Optus tower switched on at Valla Beach

20 Dec 2018
OptusNews

Mobile coverage across the Nambucca Valley got a boost today with the announcement by Optus that have switched on a new mobile tower in Valla Beach.

Optus’ Territory General Manager for North West New South Wales, Chris Simon said, “the site will provide dedicated 4G mobile coverage to locals and tourists just in time for the festive season.”

“This financial year, Optus has invested more than $500,000 in its mobile network across the Nambucca Valley, working with local communities to improve mobile coverage in their local area.”

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

Telstra, Optus, TPG-Vodafone win 5G spectrum

18 Dec 2018
AcmaNews

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced the results of its 5G spectrum auction, with Telstra winning the most lots in the 3.6GHz band.

In total, Telstra paid AU$386,008,400 for 143 lots; the TPG-Vodafone Australia joint venture Mobile JV paid the next most, at AU$263,283,800 for 131 lots; Optus paid AU$185,069,100 for 47 lots; and Dense Air Australia paid AU$18,492,000 for 29 lots.

"This spectrum is recognised internationally as a key band for 5G services. Timely release of 5G-compatible spectrum will facilitate the early delivery of next generation 5G services to the Australian public and industry," ACMA Chair Nerida O'Loughlin said on Monday morning.

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

New Telstra mobile tower goes up at Gosse, KI

18 Dec 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra SA general manager Mark Bolton last week braved the stormy weather to check on the progress of the new mobile tower being built at Gosse, Kangaroo Island.

He was joined by Member for Mawson Leon Bignell and Northpoint car dealership general manager Robert Hoey, who were with Mr Bolton on a Brand SA visit to the Island.

They were met at the tower at Roo Lagoon off the Playford Highway by KI Mayor Michael Pengilly.

But the weather made it a brief visit indeed and State Senator Anne Ruston had to cancel her attendance.

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

Dense Air plans to offer small cell 5G services in Australia

18 Dec 2018
NbnAltNews

UK-based Dense Air intends to provide telco-neutral 5G services in Australia, the company announced today.

Along with expected bidders Telstra, Optus and a TPG-Vodafone joint venture, Dense Air walked away with licences for spectrum in the 3.6GHz band following the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s recent auction.

The company picked up six lots in Adelaide, seven in each of Brisbane, Canberra and Perth, and one each in Melbourne and Sydney. In total, the company forked out $18,492,000 for spectrum licences, which will extend until December 2030 (the licences formally begin in March 2020 but the ACMA has indicated licensees may be able to get their hands on spectrum early in some cases).

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

Villages shortlisted for 4G mobile blackspot program

18 Dec 2018
TelstraNews

Upper Lachlan Shire Council has supported the push by the Federal Government to improve mobile coverage across a number of communities.

Four locations have been shortlisted for funding for the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP) in Grabben Gullen, Bigga, Curraweela and Bannister (Range Road).

MBSP has extended applications for the funding until January 2019.

The Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor said the four shortlisted sites in the Upper Lachlan Shire has had a lack of mobile coverage for many years.

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

Answering the call for better phone coverage on Picton Road

18 Dec 2018
TelstraNews

Improvements to mobile phone blackspots along Picton Road could help avoid the repeat of a 2015 tragedy.

In September that year, a head-on collision on Picton Road claimed the life of Hayette Hanna’s sister.

Ms Hanna was a passenger in the car and she couldn’t call for help on her phone, due to poor mobile phone coverage.

A passerby soon afterwards was able to raise the alarm on their own phone, but then it cut out after a few seconds.

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

ACCC: TPG-Vodafone merger may raise prices

18 Dec 2018
TpgNews

Investors have shunned Vodafone Australia and TPG Telecom after the competition watchdog raised concerns that their merger into a $15 billion telco giant could mean higher mobile prices for consumers.

TPG shares fell as much as 18.9 per cent on Thursday after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which has the power to block the merger, said the plan could reduce competition for mobile customers.

Shares in Hutchison Telecommunications - which owns a 50 per cent stake in Vodafone Australia - were even more heavily hit, falling as much as 35.7 per cent.

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

Phone tower to be built near windfarm

18 Dec 2018
TelstraNews

After being in limbo for more than a year, the Ocean Beach mobile phone tower development is now on track.

As reported by the Albany Advertiser in May, the Ocean beach base station development came to a halt last December as Telstra encountered difficulties in finding suitable locations for the tower.

The Shire of Denmark and the Water Corporation rejected Telstra’s two proposed locations, while several options were rejected by private landholders and State Government Department.

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

Investing in the Bush – Connecting Mt Liebig, Kintore and Yarralin

13 Dec 2018
TelstraNews

Territorians living in Mt Liebig, Kintore and Yarralin are now connected to mobile phone and broadband services, thanks to the NT Government/Telstra Remote Telecommunications Co-Investment Program.

This brings to 14 the number of remote Territory communities connected to mobile and/or broadband services, since the start of the Co-investment Program in 2015.

Services at Mt Liebig have been connected through a joint venture between the NTG/Telstra Co-investment Program and the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP).

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

Govt estimates fixed voice users in NBN satellite and wireless areas

13 Dec 2018
NbnNews

Further breakdown of numbers released last week now possible.

The government has offered a glimpse of the number of fixed voice services that remain active in the NBN fixed wireless and Sky Muster footprints.

The figures were collected with some “difficulty” from Telstra as well as other telcos as part of the development of the universal service guarantee (USG), which will replace Telstra’s universal service obligation (USO).

In a summary report released last week, the Department of Communications recommended that voice services under the USG continue to be supplied by Telstra, while internet services be supplied by NBN Co.

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

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