Faster data promise with West Lamington Telstra tower
Kalgoorlie residents will have access to faster service during peak periods after Telstra announced the construction of a new mobile tower in the West Lamington area due to begin next month.
The mobile tower is planned to be built behind Shepherdson Park before Christmas, with Telstra promising faster 3G and 4GX service in peak periods for residents as part of a $75 million dollar investment over the past year to boost coverage in regional communities.
Telstra WA area manager Boyd Brown said though there was existing coverage in the area, an increase of data usage, especially during the peak period of 7pm to 11pm, put strain on mobile towers in Kalgoorlie CBD and residents noticed slower speeds.
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Will 5g roll-out cut NBN’s lunch?
NBN Co CEO, Bill Morrow, last year warned that Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) faces damaging competition from the upcoming 5G network, and called for a levy on mobile broadband services, which was thankfully rejected.
Today, The AFR reports that one-in-three households are looking at 5G wireless services for their home internet connection, thus threatening NBN’s rollout of fixed-line broadband:
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Government seeks mobile coverage boost for ‘public interest’ locations
The government has officially launched the fourth round of its Mobile Black Spot Program. Under the program, up to $25 million is available to help telcos co-fund mobile coverage in under-served areas.
During the first three rounds of the program, which was launched in June 2015, 867 base stations were funded.
The guidelines state that, as was the case with previous rounds, “applicants are encouraged to seek financial co-contributions from State, Territory or local governments, local communities and/or other third parties.”
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600 Mobile Phone Base Stations now live across Australia
More than 600 regional mobile base stations are now live across Australia thanks to the Liberals and Nationals Mobile Black Spot Funding Program. The significance of this program was marked at the new base station at Diamond Tree in Western Australia, formally opened today by Minister for Regional Services and Deputy Nationals’ Leader Senator Bridget McKenzie and Nationals’ Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.
With the fourth round of the $220 million program opening on Monday, Senator McKenzie said it was a chance to reflect on the impact The Nationals’ cornerstone policy has made across Australia.
“It would be hard to overstate just how critical digital infrastructure is to regional Australia and its future,” Senator McKenzie said.
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Bridgewater's mobile black spots prove problematic; Inglewood needs better transport options
Dave Edwards has a favourite spot in his yard for making calls and sending messages.
The problem is, he can’t be there all the time.
For years Mr Edwards, and many others in Bridgewater, have battled intermittent mobile service.
“Sometimes it can take 20 minutes to send a picture message,” said Mr Edwards, owner of a local farmware store.
Other examples include a swathe of missed call notifications on his phone when he reaches a spot with reception.
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Purcell seeks mobile blackspots for new towers
INDEPENDENT Upper House MP for Western Victoria James Purcell is seeking community input to create a list of new mobile phone towers for the state’s south-west ahead of a visit from Victorian Minister for Trade and Investment Philip Dalidakis.
Mr Purcell invited Mr Dalidakis last month to come to the region to meet with the community and emergency services to discuss new tower options.
The minister’s visit will take place on Thursday next week.
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Mobile reception blackspots nominated for program
TWO priority locations in the South Burnett will be nominated under the next round of the Federal Government's Mobile Blackspot Program.
South Burnett Regional Council will nominate Mount Mowbullun, at the Bunya Mountains, and Boondooma, in round four of the program which targets areas of poor mobile phone reception.
These were identified as priorities under the national database of reported blackspot locations.
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Optus switches on new mobile tower in Tathra
Singtel Optus has switched on a new mobile tower in Tathra, on the Sapphire Coast in NSW, giving residents 4G mobile coverage.
A statement from the telco said the tower, co-located on an NBN Co tower on Thomson Drive, would help the locals have a competitive telecommunications alternative.
“It’s important Optus customers in regional and rural Australia have access to reliable mobile reception," Karin Wilcox, Optus’ Regional Manager for the Riverina, said.
"The devastating bushfires earlier this year have highlighted the importance of mobile coverage in regional Australia and we are confident that this new Optus site will play a key role in further supporting services in the area."
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NBN gigabit connections will remain mostly a pipe dream
The CVC costs set by the NBN Co make it very difficult for ISPs to offer gigabit connections to more than a select band of customers who are willing to sign up in numbers and pay slightly more than other speed tiers, according to one ISP who caters to this type of consumer.
Damian Ivereigh, chief executive of Launtel, a Launceston-based ISP, said his was probably the only company which would sell a gigabit connection over the NBN at the moment – and only in Tasmania at the moment.
"I believe that we are one of the reasons why Tasmania has a higher than average number of FttP upgrades going on, because you can get gigabit here," Ivereigh told iTWire in response to queries.
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Stuart Robert pays back $38,000 in excessive home internet charges
Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert says he has repaid $37,975 of "excess usage charges" in home internet bills footed by taxpayers.
Fairfax Media revealed last week that Mr Robert, who has only recently returned to the ministry, had been charging the government more than $2000 per month for internet at his Gold Coast home, 20 times the average claimed by politicians.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison immediately announced the government would investigate the expense claims, and Mr Robert's office said the Fadden MP would pay back "over $20,000" of data costs.
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