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Towers will boost mobile coverage

08 Nov 2017
OptusNews

Girgarre is not only getting a new dairy factory, it is on the list to get a new mobile phone tower.

The Victorian Government is partnering with Optus to build 25 new mobile phone towers throughout regional Victoria, providing 5000 households and businesses with new mobile phone coverage.

Towers will be built in Wharparilla, Yackandandah North and Girgarre to offer consistent mobile coverage to more than 1400 premises that previously had poor or no mobile services.

The 25 co-funded towers will be constructed all over Victoria with 15 local government areas to benefit, with a priority placed on bushfire-prone areas.

The first tower in Nanneella is already built with the remaining sites to be completed by the end of 2018.

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'It will save lives': Cape York DIY phone tower the pricey solution for roadhouse to solve blackspot

08 Nov 2017
InTheNews

Owners of a remote roadhouse in Cape York are taking technology into their own hands to get mobile reception, willing to fork out tens of thousands of dollars to bring a dangerous blackspot up to scratch.

Archer River Roadhouse owners Brad Allan and Hugh Atherton currently have no mobile reception and an unreliable landline, often leaving them stranded in emergency situations for weeks at a time.

They say the phone tower will save lives.

"The Royal Flying Doctor will not land on the airstrip unless he speaks to me, so if your phones are out [they can't land]," he said.

To continue reading the article: click here. (abc.net.au)

Optus to commit $3.5 million towards improving region's 4G mobile network

08 Nov 2017
OptusNews

Optus will commit $3.5 million to further improve its 4G mobile network in the Grampians region.

Three new mobile towers will be built at Deep lead Road, Horsham West and Horsham CBD in the next 12 to 18 months. 

Optus state manager Peter Kirk said the telecommunications company was committed to improving mobile coverage for consumers and businesses in the Grampians, as well as commuters and tourists travelling along the popular Henty and Western Highways.

“We are seeing a growing demand for mobile services, which is why Optus is continuously investing to improve mobile coverage across Australia,” he said. 

“This investment aims to deliver improved indoor and outdoor coverage, faster data download and upload speeds and fewer call drop outs.”

Mr Kirk said three new sites built at Longerenong, Wilaura and Moyston in the last 12 months had improved mobile coverage for residents, businesses and visitors. 

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Analysts cautious on outlook for Telstra

03 Nov 2017
TelstraNews

Analysts remain cautious about Telstra's outlook amid concerns of tough competition, falling fixed-line margins and the impact of the NBN.

Telstra used its investor day this week to highlight its plan to focus more on 5G and the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), which enables more services to be delivered over its mobile network.

But while analysts at Citi believe there is scope to boost IoT earnings, they said Telstra's plan is likely to require significant investment, both organically and in acquisitions.

The broker said it remains cautious and maintained its sell rating despite Telstra's dominance in both fixed and mobile.

Telstra boss Andy Penn this week described the economics of the NBN as challenging, and said wholesale prices made for "extremely slim" margins for retailers offering services on the network.

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Mobile tower for Girgarre by end of next year

03 Nov 2017
OptusNews

GIRGARRE will receive one of 25 new mobile towers recently announced by the Victorian Government.

The government is partnering with Optus to build the new towers throughout regional Victoria, which it hopes will provide 5000 households and businesses with new mobile coverage.

The tower is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said community safety was top priority.

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Telstra and Ericsson take a step closer to Aussie 5G deployment

03 Nov 2017
TelstraNews

Telstra and Ericsson have completed what they claim is the world’s first 5G trial data call over 26GHz radiofrequency spectrum, known as ‘mmWave’, using the telco’s production core network.

Telstra’s group managing director of networks, Mike Wright, said the trial, which was conducted at its new 5G testing centre on the Gold Coast, represented an important step in demonstrating that the mobile industry is set to tap into the mmWave spectrum band, which he said will be a critical element for 5G deployments going forward.

“5G will mean we can use more and different spectrum bands in order to deliver faster speeds, more capacity and lower latency to our customers,” Wright said. “This will support a range of different applications, everything from data heavy applications like virtual reality to highly reliable, low latency communications for smart cities and autonomous cars.

“5G will be transformative for a number of industries, everything from media broadcasting to manufacturing and transportation and we are committed to making sure our customers are among the first in the world to access these new capabilities,” he said.

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New NBN tower will be ‘essential’ to business in Chiltern, says Indigo Council

03 Nov 2017
NbnNews

A 45-metre telecommunications tower providing access to the NBN will be the tallest structure in the small town of Chiltern.

Some residents have objected to building the tower, but Indigo councillors this week unanimously overruled their concerns and approved the project, saying the need for internet access was too great.

The tower will be constructed on land on Scott Street, about 250 metres away from the closest dwelling.

Cr James Trenery told Tuesday’s council meeting the tower was very important to Chiltern’s development.

“I understand there are some people who have concerns in regard to the visual part of it,” he said.

“Progress of the NBN is absolutely essential to these small towns … Businesses need the NBN to be in these areas and this is the best way to access that.”

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The government's black spot program is in full swing.

02 Nov 2017
TelstraNews

Comboyne no longer a black spot?

Telstra customers in the Comboyne area will have noticed a jump in mobile phone reception, with their 200th tower switched on yesterday. It's come following the Coalition governments mobile black spots program, a national program aiming at regional and remote areas costing 600 million dollars.

Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie says it’s a spot he's advocated for some time.

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Seymour still seems to be a funding black spot

02 Nov 2017
InTheNews

Local residents have missed out big-time on the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, according to the Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell.

The Federal Government is investing $220million of Commonwealth funds across three funding rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program ($100million for round one, $60million for each of rounds two and three).

While another 36 rural and regional communities received new or improved mobile coverage from the program in September, Mr Mitchell accused the government of focusing its attention on seats held by the Liberal/National coalition.

‘‘The Black Spot Program sounded good in theory, but it’s basically delivered a pork barrel to government-held seats,’’ he said.

‘‘The last round of Black Spot has delivered 27 towers to the seat of New England ... and as you might know there’s a bloke called Barnaby Joyce who’s been sitting there illegally for a period of time.

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End Of October Update

02 Nov 2017
OzTowers

Optus continues its massive rollout this fortnight with 37 new sites and an additional 77 site upgrades. The new sites were spread right across the country with rural areas getting lots of attention. Upgrades were mostly on the east coast with 4G2100 in metro areas and 4G1800 in rural areas being the upgrades of choice. Most upgrades now are for additional bandwidth however a few sites are still getting other bands as well. There was a big announcement recently for Optus with 25 sites being co funded with the Victorian government, I think we see some of those sites being proposed on existing NBN sites this fortnight as well.

Vodafone appear to be targeting Hobart as the initial rollout area for their new 4G700 spectrum which they purchased earlier this year. Vodafone only acquired 5mhz of spectrum so it’s not going to make a huge difference from a speed prospective however it will help in tricky areas like indoors and further away from towers. Vodafone managed 16 new sites as well as 41 upgraded sites. New sites were limited to east coast mainland states including SA, and upgrades consisted mostly of 4G2100 with a few sites getting other bands as well. Vodafone also continues to propose many more 4G2100 upgrades also.

Telstra continues to be Telstra plodding along as usual, and although its not going to win the race its putting in a genuine effort. Telstra managed 14 new sites with that being a mix of blackspot and metro sites. As well as upgrading a further 48 sites with both 4G2600 and 4G700 being the main focus. Telstra also continues to propose many more 4G900 (IOT) upgrades.

TPG Rollout begins, they currently have 23 proposals with most added in the past fortnight.

NBN activated 10 sites mostly around the outskirts of metro Sydney and the central coast, with outer Adelaide getting some activations as well, NBN upgraded a further 4 sites and continues to propose more upgrades.

The low band 700mhz 4G gap between Optus and Telstra has reduced by 9 sites as Telstra plods along. Optus is still ahead of Telstra in 4G700 by 1002 sites.

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