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Towamba tower does not impress

27 Jul 2017
TelstraNews

A new mobile tower installed recently in Towamba should provide access to both 3G and 4G mobile services, but one Towamba resident said he had seen no improvement. 

Telstra proudly posted a video on its Facebook page announcing the tower was up and running on Friday, July 21. “Noticing better coverage in parts of Towamba?” the post said. “We’ve recently completed building a new mobile base station in the area under the Mobile Black Spot Program, delivering high-speed, 4G mobile services never experienced before!”

However, within hours the post had been bombarded with comments from Towamba residents claiming the tower had not improved reception. One was from Chris Lewis who said  he had heard other residents were happy but for him it had made no difference. 

“We're just a mile from the tower on Log Farm Road and reception is dire still,” Mr Lewis said.  “Oddly, people further along the road seem to get much better reception but I think their house is set a lot higher than ours.

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

When a farmer's internet speed was slow, he built a private 53m tower

26 Jul 2017
TelstraNews

An outback Queensland farmer hatched an unusual plan to counter slow internet speeds - build and install his own 53-metre tower.

And now he plans to use the technology to set-up a live feed for his 6000 hectare property about 20km north of Dirranbandi, a rural town about 470 km south-west of Brisbane and midway between St George and the New South Wales border.

Beef and crop farmer Andrew Sevil consulted a Brisbane engineer to design and construct a guyed mast tower that would allow him to connect to internet services in neighbouring towns.

Mr Sevil built the trusses during wet weather when he was unable to do work out in the paddock.

The tower was lifted into position after 12 months of planning and cost about $16,000.

Mr Sevil said the tower had opened a whole new world.

Prior to the installation of the tower, their internet speeds were only a few megabits per second but by accessing internet from St George, 50km north, they are reaching speeds of 40 to 50 megabits per second through Telstra.

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

One week to go before Optus shuts down its 2G network

26 Jul 2017
OptusNews

Optus will complete the switch off of 2G GSM services on 1 August.

In April, Optus switched off 2G services in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The telco will complete the shutdown of its 2G network next week, the telco confirmed this morning.

Optus’s 2G network launched in 1993 (along with the Telstra and Vodafone 2G networks).

“Nearly 25 years on, and our customer levels using the 2G mobile network have significantly decreased as greater smartphone usage and advances in 4G technologies drive customer preferences for mobile data and faster speeds,” said managing director of networks at Optus, Dennis Wong.

“This was the right time for us to close the 2G network.”

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

Port Moorowie coverage boost

25 Jul 2017
TelstraNews

TELSTRA customers at Port Moorowie now have improved mobile coverage thanks to the installation of a new mobile base station, funded through the federal government’s Mobile Black Spot program.

The 35-metre tower was switched on two weeks ago, and the official launch was Wednesday, July 19.

“The growing use of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets is changing the way we live and Telstra is acutely aware of the challenges facing communities living with limited access to a mobile network,” Telstra Area South Australia general manager Mark Bolton said.

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

False hope before mobile phone tower approved for Gateshead

25 Jul 2017
OptusNews

A LANDOWNER who told overjoyed Whitebridge residents he would scrap a lease for a controversial mobile phone tower has apparently been unable to deliver, as Lake Macquarie council approved the tower on Monday.

Councillors voted seven to four in favour of plans for the 37-metre tower on Bulls Garden Road, Gateshead, after an emotional campaign waged by Whitebridge residents who say it will be ugly and produce electromagnetic emissions.

Those in the majority, including mayor Kay Fraser, said they had to consider “the whole community” and evidence which, they said, doesn’t support claims that the tower will endanger residents’ health.

Residents against the tower cheered and hugged Michael Constantine at a site inspection earlier this month when he announced that his lawyer had informed Optus their $15,000-a-year deal to lease his land was off.

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

Kensington residents signal opposition to mobile phone tower at Moresby St Reserve

25 Jul 2017
OptusNews

A GROUP of Kensington residents are campaigning to keep the green open space of their local park following a proposal for a mobile phone tower they believe will hurt their neighbourhood.

Optus want a mobile phone base station to be built at Moresby Street Reserve, with a height of 16.5m.

Residents sent a petition to the City of South Perth with 181 signatures calling for an alternative location.

The council is set to decide tonight whether to approve the tower, although the officer’s recommendation is to refuse it.

Among the people to show their concern is Phillip Martinz, who lives on Douglas Avenue and owns hairdresser This Above All on Moresby Street.

“My concern is about why they need it here and the fact it’s so close to residential homes,” he said.

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

ACMA expects formal 5G standards by late-2018

25 Jul 2017
AcmaNews

The Australian Communications and Media Authority expects formal standards for the first phase of 5G to be in place by mid- to late-2018, and deployments to start a year or two after that.

ACMA acting chairman Richard Bean told a telecommunications conference in Sydney last week that while everyone expected 5G to supplement, and probably replace existing standards like 4G over time, it was generally accepted that standardisation and harmonisation was still at the formative stage.

"(Everyone knows) that 5G is expected to deliver what is essentially a super-fast version of today’s mobile broadband networks, massive scale machine-to-machine communications necessary to support the Internet of Things, and ultra-reliable and low latency communications to support things like remote control of industrial or medical processes," Bean said.

"There are many, though, who will argue that, for cost or other reasons, 5G will not have a monopoly on IOT-related matters in particular."

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

Optus target Junee’s notorious mobile black spots

25 Jul 2017
OptusNews

Junee and Old Junee have been earmarked for improved service under a $1 billion expansion of regional coverage by Optus.

In a statement released on Friday, Optus announced it would build 500 new towers, upgrade 1800 and improve the 4G capacity of 200 sites around regional Australia.

“This represents one of the single largest investments in regional mobile infrastructure in Australia’s history,” Allen Lew, Optus’ Chief Executive Officer said.

Junee, Old Junee, Downside, Wantabadgery, Gundagai, Tumut and Uranquinty are among the local areas currently listed for improved service.

A spokeswoman from Optus couldn’t give specific details on how Junee’s service will improve.

“Optus is currently working with local councils and communities to identify sites for new towers and tower upgrades,” she said.

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

Optus Is Shutting Down 2G For The Rest Of Australia Next Month: Here's What To Do

25 Jul 2017
OptusNews

Say goodbye to Optus' 2G network - the telco will be shutting down the service in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania on August 1, with Northern Territory and Western Australia already switched off.

But what does this mean for you?

If you or a loved one have a 2G SIM card, Mobile Handheld, Mobile Broadband, Tablets or wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) device it won't work on Optus's network anymore. You won't be able to make or receive voice calls or SMS, access voicemail or use data services.

If you're with Virgin Mobile or an Optus Wholesale service provider using the 2G GSM network, you will also be cut off.

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

South west farmer builds tower in first step to creating on-farm monitoring system

24 Jul 2017
InTheNews

A SOUTH west Queensland beef and cropping farmer plans to create his own on-farm monitoring system after building and installing a 53 metre tower to improve his internet capabilities.

Andrew Sevil, Whyenbah, Dirranbandi, used the guidance of a Brisbane based engineer to design and construct a ‘guyed mast’ tower that would allow him to connect to internet services in neighbouring towns. 

Mr Sevil, who runs the 6000 hectare property 20km north of Dirranbandi, built the trusses during wet weather when he was unable to do work out in the paddock. 

The tower was lifted into position on April 11 after 12 months of planning and cost about $16,000.

Mr Sevil said the tower allowed them to access internet from a clear line of sight and provided them with a whole new world.

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

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