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Investment and technology the key to a doubling of the population

14 Feb 2019
TelstraNews

A $22 million Telstra investment into mobile coverage throughout western Victoria will mean Ballarat is well connected for an expected population influx over the next 30 years the Committee For Ballarat says.

Committee for Ballarat chair Nick Beale was joined In Ballarat on Tuesday by Telstra chief executive Andy Penn who said western Victoria would see 74 new mobile base stations constructed by the end of the financial year.

It comes days after concerns were raised about black spots in bushfire-prone regions and just two weeks after Rainbow Serpent festival near Lexton was plagued by connectivity issues.

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Lexton and Waubra mobile phone towers to be built soon

03 Feb 2019
OptusNews

Mobile phone coverage will finally come to Lexton and Waubra this year.

Optus will build towers to eliminate black spots in the region, with support from the state and federal governments.

The Pyrenees Hotel, just off the Sunraysia Highway in Lexton, is used to people running in to ask to use the landline phone at all hours.

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Optus to deliver 1,200 5G sites by 2020 in home broadband push

03 Feb 2019
OptusNews

Optus has unveiled full details of its 5G home broadband plans, with 1,200 sites expected to be delivered by March 2020.

As part of its two-year partnership with Nokia, the telco turned on 5G in two Canberra suburbs in Canberra - Dickson and Manuka - and at one site in Glendenning, Sydney on 31 January.

A further 47 sites across ACT, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia are set to go live in by March 2019. The first 50 Optus 5G sites will cover 60 suburbs.

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

Optus 5G service to challenge NBN

31 Jan 2019
OptusNews

Optus has revealed details of its first 5G product, with the telco planning to offer a home broadband service using the new wireless standard at a price point that represents a serious challenge to the NBN.

The service will cost $70 a month and include unlimited downloads and a ‘satisfaction guarantee’ that will allow customers to cancel their contract without any fees if they get download speeds below 50 megabits per second (Mbps).

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

Vodafone holds off deploying Huawei in core network due to security row

31 Jan 2019
VodafoneNews

Vodafone, the world's second largest mobile operator, said it was "pausing" the deployment of Huawei equipment in its core networks until Western governments give the Chinese firm full security clearance.

The United States and some allies, including Australia and New Zealand, have banned Huawei from 5G networks because of alleged ties to the Chinese government, while the firm has denied that its technology could be used by Beijing for spying.

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

Optus unveils an NBN-like 50Mbps-plus wireless service

31 Jan 2019
OptusNews

With unlimited data quota.

Optus has revealed it will offer a wireless broadband service capable of at least 50Mbps speeds with unlimited data quota for $70 a month.

The telco took out full-page advertisements in major newspapers to announce the arrival of what it calls its 5G network.

The service is set to come with what Optus terms a “50Mbps satisfaction guarantee” that the telco says allows customers to exit a contract if speeds don’t hit that minimum level.

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

TPG drops mobile network plan due to Huawei ban

31 Jan 2019
TpgNews

Telecommunications provider TPG Telecom has cancelled plans for rolling out a mobile network, and cited the ban imposed by the Australian Government on Chinese telecommunications equipment provider Huawei Technologies as the main reason.

The company, which announced a merger of equals with Vodafone Hutchison Australia in June last year, had announced a $600 million mobile network in 2017.

In a statement to the ASX, the company said on Tuesday that the government ban on the use of Huawei equipment in 5G networks meant that it could not go ahead with its plans.

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

NetComm launches 5G fixed wireless self-installation tech

31 Jan 2019
InTheNews

Networking solutions provider NetComm Wireless has launched 5G fixed wireless self-installation technology that it claims will reduce the time taken and cost incurred for operators to connect customers to ultra-fast broadband.

The company said in a statement that though fixed wireless had been touted as one of the early uses of 5G, the fact that an external antenna needed to be installed to connect people was seen as a limiting factor.

This would make the deployment at large scale unprofitable and the new NetComm 5G self-install platform provided a cost-effective plug-and-play model, the company claimed.

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

Huawei releases multi-mode chipset to power 5G devices

26 Jan 2019
InTheNews

Chinese telecommunications equipment provider Huawei Technologies has launched a 5G multi-mode chipset and the first commercial 5G device powered by it in Beijing on Thursday.

The company claims that the Balong 5000 chipset and the Huawei 5G CPE Pro will "provide the world's fastest wireless connections for your smartphone, your home, the office, and on the go".

"The Balong 5000 will open up a whole new world to consumers," said Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group. "It will provide the high-speed connections needed for pervasive intelligence.

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IPstar delivered NBN services go offline

26 Jan 2019
NbnNews

NBN Co says no, satellite services are stable.

All NBN Co satellite broadband services delivered by IPstar went offline this morning, after what appears to be a core network equipment failure.

IPstar's network status page listed NBN satellite, interim satellite and the Australian Broadband Guarantee (ABG) services as not working since 9 am AEST.

An IPstar support person said the satellite broadband provider's technicians are investigating the issue, but did not provide any further details as to the cause of it.

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