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Pinkett mobile base station switched on for better phone coverage

01 Apr 2018
TelstraNews

Mobile phone coverage for residents near Guyra and Glen Innes is expected to improve after the Pinkett mobile base station was switched on this week.

Telstra Area General Manager Mike Marom said the new mobile base station at Pinkett delivers Telstra’s 3G and 4GX mobile data services to the area for the first time.

“We are proud to be part of this important initiative which extends the latest technologies across regional and rural communities, along major regional transport routes, and in locations prone to natural disasters,” Mr Marom said.

The Telstra base station is one of 37 new and upgraded towers being delivered under the Federal Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP), and New England MP Barnaby Joyce welcomed the news.

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

350 sites on air, and more to come

01 Apr 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra has notched up 350 base stations on air nationally through the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, celebrating this milestone with a community event at Trunkey Creek in New South Wales.

These base stations have contributed to Telstra’s ever-expanding mobile coverage across Australia. Through the Mobile Black Spot and other network investment across Australia, Telstra’s mobile network now covers over 2.5 million square kilometres of the Australian landmass.

Through February and the first half of March, Telstra switched on 38 mobile base stations under the Mobile Black Spot Program across the country, from Yarramalong, NSW, to Needilup, WA.

Last week, we looked back at one of the first mobile base stations we switched on in Victoria, at Gormandale in Gippsland.

Since mobile coverage was brought to the area, local Gormandale residents have been making the most of the new coverage with more than 500,000 calls being made in the 22 months since we turned the tower on.

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

Good reception to new tower

01 Apr 2018
VodafoneNews

Savernake residents can rejoice with the recent installation of a new mobile phone tower to help with struggling reception.

The new tower marks the first time the community of Savernake, and the neighbouring community of Rennie, will have access to Vodafone’s 4G mobile network.

It is also the first time local residents in the area can choose from more than one mobile service provider.

The new mobile tower was built under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

The tower provides more than 165 square kilometres of new 4G coverage to local residents and people travelling along major transport routes surrounding Savernake and nearby Rennie.

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

Telcos Brace For ‘Amazon-Effect’ Of TPG Mobile Network

01 Apr 2018
TpgNews

Australia’s largest telco companies – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone – are bracing themselves for the launch of TPG’s mobile network – an occasion some commentators are likening to the impact of Amazon Australia on the retail industry.

TPG Founder and Executive Chairman, David Teoh, is set to enter the $20 billion mobile marketplace in October this year.

Teoh is reportedly spending $600 million on TPG’s mobile network, which he claims will cover 80% of the Australian population.

As reported by The Australian Financial Review commentators predict the new TPG mobile network will have an ‘Amazon-effect’, and significantly ramp up pricing pressure.

Consensus is TPG’s mobile network will debut entry-level mobile plans 30% – 60% less than current prices.

To combat this, rival telcos are amping up their offerings, with the introduction of increased call, text and data inclusions at no extra cost.

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

Not willing to wait for NBN, I turned to fixed wireless. And I'm not alone.

26 Mar 2018
NbnNews

In late 2017 I signed a thirty year mortgage on a house in Melbourne's northern suburbs, in an area due to be connected to the NBN in "early 2018". With the ink barely dry on the contract, NBN Co announced it was halting all planned rollouts until further notice. Cable was not available in the area, so I assumed my only option was ADSL.

Raj Deut, a web developer in Moonee Ponds, tells a similar story. Mr Deut purchased an apartment in an area earmarked for fibre to the premises. The promise of world class internet speeds was a major factor in his decision to buy into the suburb.

"Each year the government changed their strategy with the NBN in my area and with each change came a delay. Moonee Ponds has been pushed from Fibre to the premises, to fibre to the node, to fibre to the curb, and now, I don't really know." NBN Co's website now advises that more information will be forthcoming.

"I had no choice but to connect ADSL and sit and wait," Mr Deut says. That was three years ago."

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

Telstra hauled before court over "premium" mobile billing

26 Mar 2018
TelstraNews

Faces fines, refunds for up to 100,000 customers.

Telstra is facing fines of $10 million and refunds to customers who lost money to third party content services that were charged to telephony bills.

The telco has also been forced to disable “premium direct billing” for content services.

The decision affects services provided by the likes of Mobipay, m.Net Mobile and Digital Turbine, according to a list published by Telstra.

The ACCC today said it had instituted federal court proceedings against Telstra over the billing arrangement.

The competition watchdog said Telstra had “agreed to consent” to court orders in relation to the fine amounts and refunds, and had admitted to a set of facts in the filing.

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

Cirrus goes after ‘dissatisfied’ NBN customers

26 Mar 2018
NbnNews

IT solutions provider Cirrus Communications has launched C2 Direct to offer its wireless services direct to business, aiming its solution at what it says are dissatisfied NBN customers.

Cirrus claims its solution is designed to address those segments of the business telecommunications market that NBN has missed.

According to Cirrus Communications chief executive and co-founder, Dr Eric Heyde, uncertainty around the NBN and dissatisfaction with NBN services had created a huge opportunity for reliable and affordable alternatives.

”NBN certainly meets a need in the market – but it is a very long way from offering a compelling solution to businesses dependent on service availability. Frankly, their services are either residential grade or very expensive.

“C2 Direct will focus initially on selling connectivity to SMEs with 550 employees in the critically underserved industrial estates of Australia’s large cities.”

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

Boost Mobile signs new five-year deal with Telstra

26 Mar 2018
TelstraNews

A renewed retail agreement between Boost Mobile and Telstra "highlights the important role for Boost Mobile in Telstra’s multi-brand strategy" and sees Boost continue using Telstra's superior network.

Although it appears that Boost Mobile still doesn't have access to Telstra's faster "4GX" network, nor is there any word of access to Telstra's upcoming 5G network technologies, Boost Mobile has nevertheless signed a new five-year deal for continued access to Telstra's network.

Boost Mobile proudly boasts of being "the world’s largest youth telco brand globally after being founded in Australia in 2000", and says the new deal "will ensure its customers continue to receive great mobile network coverage, competitive data plans, no lock-in contracts and great service" for many more years to come.

We're also reminded that the announcement "comes off the back of a successful five-year relationship, and will see Boost Mobile continue to play a key role in Telstra’s multi-brand strategy, moving forward".

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

Vodafone plans to address reception'black spot' with new mobile phone tower in Gymea Bay

26 Mar 2018
VodafoneNews

Vodafone proposes to install a new phone tower on council owned land adjacent Gymea Bay Road Reserve to rectify a reception “black spot” in the area

Sutherland Shire Council has given approval for the carrier to submit a development application for the proposed project in Casuarina Road.

A council report said the Telecommunications Act 1997 permitted carriers to install infrastructure on public land.

“The proposed tower is considered a high impact installation due to its 24 metre height and being a new installation, it will therefore require development consent,” the report said.

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

​Mobile towers roll out

26 Mar 2018
TelstraNews

FEDERAL government spending on new mobile phone towers and road upgrades will save lives on the Hyland Highway, according to Gippsland MHR Darren Chester.

Speaking at the launch of Carrajung Lower’s new mobile phone tower, Mr Chester said improved connectivity was critical for social and economic reasons in the region.

“For locals and visitors, the upgrades to the Hyland Highway, along with better mobile phone connections, will mean it is easier to stay in touch and do business in our region,” he said.

“But more importantly, in emergency situations like a car crash or bush fire, improved mobile phone coverage will help to save lives.

“We are working hard to improve road safety in any way we can, whether that be by improving communication or road infrastructure.

“The $10 million worth of highway improvements currently underway is focused on road safety, but will also help attract more visitors from the Latrobe Valley to south Gippsland.”

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

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