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Telstra chief mulls cable sabotage possibility: "you never know"

06 Jun 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra CEO Andrew Penn has conceded that sabotage cannot be ruled out as a cause of the fire that damaged one of its cables in early May, taking down emergency triple zero call services in the process.

Emergency triple zero call services and mobile Telstra services in at least four states were hit by intermittent “interruptions” early on 4 May after a cable was damaged by fire – at the time thought to be likely caused by a lightning strike -- in regional NSW.

The telco said on social media at the time that a fibre repair crew dispatched to a cable pit east of Orange reported significant fire damage consistent with lightning strike.

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

NBN Co hits back on gamer claims: Bill Morrow 'didn't blame' anyone

06 Jun 2018
NbnNews

NBN Co is adamant its CEO did not blame online gamers for causing congestion on fixed wireless.

The organisation has issued a statement clarifying comments made by chief executive Bill Morrow during a heated exchange with a Labor MP in a parliamentary committee on Monday.

The response follows widespread reporting on Monday of NBN Co's investigation of a 'fair use policy' which would be likely to affect heavy users, and especially gamers.

"Mr Morrow didn't 'blame' online gamers for congestion on the fixed wireless network," the statement, from an NBN Co spokesperson, reads.

"He identified them as an example of a heavy user, which, as he said earlier in the hearing, is not the main cause of congestion.

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

NBN considers throttling fixed wireless ‘superusers’

05 Jun 2018
NbnNews

NBN is examining ways it to minimise the impact of what CEO Bill Morrow has dubbed “superusers” on the performance of its fixed-wireless service, including potentially introducing a ‘fair use’ policy.

“We’re not yet to point of proposing anything but… we’re looking at all options including a fair use policy,” Morrow told a parliamentary hearing into the National Broadband Network.

NBN’s Sky Muster satellite service currently has a fair use policy for end users. The company last year revised the policy, enabling Sky Muster users to download more data during peak periods. Under the current NBN fair use policy for the service, the monthly downloads per household are capped at 400GB, with maximum usage during a peak period set at 150GB a month.

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

NBN chief blames online 'gamers predominantly' for fixed wireless congestion

05 Jun 2018
NbnNews

Online gamers have been called out by the head of the National Broadband Network as a major cause of congestion on the fixed wireless network.

NBN Co is "evaluating" slowing down or limiting downloads for users during peak times in order to overcome these fixed wireless congestion problems.

At a parliamentary hearing in Sydney this afternoon, NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow said that the heavy users likely targeted by a fair use policy were "gamers predominantly".

"While people are gaming it is a high bandwidth requirement that is a steady streaming process," Mr Morrow told the committee.

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

NBN Co looks at throttling “extreme” fixed wireless users

05 Jun 2018
NbnNews

NBN Co chief Bill Morrow has flagged that throttling the data of so-called “extreme users” is one of the options it is looking at to free up bandwidth bottlenecks on its fixed wireless network.

The proposal, which is one of a number of options being looked at by the company behind the rollout of the country’s National Broadband Network (NBN), was raised by Morrow during a Parliamentary Committee hearing on 4 June.

“Our average consumption across the NBN network is just under 200 gigabytes per month, and when you look at…fixed wireless, it’s substantially less than that,” Morrow said. “However…there’s a large portion that are using terabytes of data.

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

NBN Watch: The company axes 100mbps fixed wireless as 5G creeps closer

02 Jun 2018
NbnNews

Another wave of anxiety swept the Australian technology and political apparatus briefly this week as NBN Co announced, in response to a question from Labor in Senate Estimates, that it would no longer be offering a 100mbps Fixed Wireless service. This was in conjunction with a chart that showed, unsurprisingly, that along with Satellite and FTTN, Fixed Wireless would also not be able to supply 100mbps services to all customers. While this is obviously a setback to users in rural and semi-rural areas, technologies on the horizon may effectively make Fixed Wireless services much less economically viable and sustainable in the long term.

Fixed Wireless has always been the middle child of technologies for broadband delivery over the NBN. It was always an unusual option to offer in the areas in which it's been focused to rollout – originally it was the only feasible option to offer 100mbps plus speeds outside of a standard fixed line service when distance and a lack of population density made that option extortionately expensive. Basically, NBN Co build towers with line of sight links to one another in service areas, linking them together via microwave radio links back to a “prime” tower that has a fibre backhaul.

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

Labor's connectivity plan for the Coast

02 Jun 2018
InTheNews

Fixing mobile phone black spots in Circular Head, the West Coast and King Island would be on the agenda if a Shorten Labor Government were elected.

Federal Labor spokesman for regional communications Stephen Jones said his party would pledge up to $2 million for improving coverage on the North-West Coast.

“There’s over 110 mobile black spots under the government’s own mobile black spot database in the North West but the government has put no money aside in their recent budget for addressing problems with mobile phone black spots,” Mr Jones said.

“They think the job’s done, we don’t.”

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

End Of May Update

02 Jun 2018
OzTowersMonthly

Optus appears to be ramping up again finalizing their 4G network before 5G gets underway. Optus managed 25 new sites this fortnight with many of those in rural areas and VIC leading the pack.  Optus also managed a further 102 site upgrades with a range of bands being deployed but mostly 4G1800 in rural areas and 4G2100 in higher density areas.

Telstra after suffering yet another Australian wide network outage managed 15 new sites as well as a further 47 site upgrades. New sites were mainly focused on the east coast as were site upgrades as well which consisted mainly of 4G2600 upgrades with some 4G700 in the mix. No more 5G proposals have been made thus far.

Vodafone whilst trying to keep up managed 13 new sites as well as 100 site upgrades. Vodafone also deployed a few new rural sites which is great to see. Upgrades were mostly limited to the east coast and cantered around 4G2100 and nb-iot900.

TPG continues to roll out its new network with another 31 proposals, this fortnight around Melbourne and Sydney’s CBD's.

NBN also activated 20 new sites around the country, with 11 site upgrades, and 2 new site proposals also reported. NBN this fortnight also reported 18 site upgrade proposals signalling a clear response to congestion reported on its network.

The low band 700mhz 4G gap between Optus and Telstra has decreased by a further 7 sites. Optus is still ahead of Telstra in 4G700 by 826 sites.

OzTowers continues to receive emails from people who think this site is their personal mobile phone tower concierge service.  OzTowers is here to provide the community with a technical source of data. That data is all there is, there is no more. If this abuse continues I will be forced to close the contact us portion of the site. Special shout out goes to Michelle J for a specially entertaining correspondence, BTW if you took the time to even skim the FAQ section, the complaint process is listed there also. And Sandie, yes it applies to you as well, “opology” accepted!

NBN fixed wireless blowing out bush broadband bill as Government pins hopes on fixed-line levy

01 Jun 2018
NbnNews

Wireless broadband in the bush is draining more money than expected from NBN Co due to take-up in some places being three times higher than projected.

New information released this week through Senate estimates has revealed delays to upgrades and massive popularity in some fixed wireless areas.

Residents around some towers have driven take-up rates of more than 80 per cent. In 2012, take-up for fixed wireless was predicted to be 23 per cent.

Almost one in ten premises in the NBN roll-out plan — approximately 1 million homes — are on fixed wireless or satellite technology.

NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow told senators last week that new technology added in order to address congestion "exacerbates" the negative profitability of its bush service.

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

Bendigo, central Victoria experience Telstra outage – again

01 Jun 2018
TelstraNews

BENDIGO Telstra customers are yet again experiencing an outage with the network.

A message on the communication giant’s website confirms an outage in the Bendigo area.

It states the outage affected 4G mobile data and mobile voice.

It follows a nation-wide outage on May 21, which saw Telstra customers across the country experience issues 4G mobile voice and data services.

The outage left one central Victorian teenager unable to make contact with his mother about his missing medication.

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

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