Analysts cautious on outlook for Telstra
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
New mobile phone towers for Lower Norton, Brim and Pomonal under Optus deal
The state government has announced a partnership with the telecommunications provider to build 25 new mobile towers throughout regional Victoria, providing 5000 households and businesses with new mobile coverage.
New towers at Lower Norton, Brim and Pomonal are included in the plan.
The tower sites were chosen to provide, when built, consistent mobile coverage to more than 800 premises that previously had poor or no mobile services.
Bushfire prone areas were also considered a priority.
Optus contributed a majority of the funds for the $16 million co-investment with the state government for new towers across Victoria.
Victorian Innovation and the Digital Economy Minister Philip Dalidakis said the towers were due to be completed by the end of 2018.
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Mobile phone tower to go ahead at car wash site
MOBILE phone reception will get a boost in and around a car wash site at 2814-2818 Logan Rd, Underwood. Logan City Council gave initial approval for a 26.5m telecommunications tower which will service parts of Rochedale South and Underwood including along Logan Rd and the M1.
The 1619 sqm car wash site is in a commercial zoning with the nearest house 33m away. But the “Specialised Centre” zoning does not allow structures over 26m, which forced the council to assess the impact of the pole on surrounds.
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Behind Queensland-based LinkOne's ambitious 5G network to rival the NBN
Todd Maunder established LinkOne in 2015 at the age of 25 with the sole purpose to improve the network of his voice over internet protocol (VoIP) business Anttel Communications, after being unsatisfied with what other service providers had on offer.
The network is a hybrid of optic fibre and fixed-point wireless using millimetre-wave (MMW) technology, which LinkOne says can deliver speeds from 500Mbps to 10Gbps.
“I built LinkOne in response to the shortage of reliable high-speed data connectivity in Australia,” Maunder said.
“Copper-based ethernet technology was becoming increasingly difficult to provision and support to the point there was no margin left in the service to make it worthwhile for an ISP.”
Millimetre-wave, also known as extremely high frequency (EHF), is the band of spectrum between 30Ghz and 300Ghz, which is being used to test 5G wireless broadband technology.
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