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What To Do If You’re In A Mobile Black Hole According To The Experts

22 Nov 2018
InTheNews

While there’s no denying there are plenty of annoying things in life – screaming kids, noisy neighbours, hour-long lines for Santa photos – almost nothing is quite as maddening as going to make a call and finding you’re in a mobile black spot. Many of us even find them in our own homes and businesses.

Caused by a number of environmental factors (e.g. terrain, building construction or geography), mobile black spots, although frustrating, can be remedied.

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

No signal: Black spots in new police digital communications system pose safety risk, police believe

22 Nov 2018
InTheNews

CENTRAL Victorian police have discovered a number of communication black spots in the early stages of the transition to the encrypted digital radio network, which they believe pose safety risks for officers.

Victoria Police switched to a digital radio network for all regional police this week, giving authorities a greater level of communications security.

Members of the public throughout regional Victoria, including Bendigo, are no longer able to listen in to police activity through police scanners apps.

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

NBN fixed wireless issues should be disclosed upfront, says ACCC

22 Nov 2018
NbnNews

Marketing changes finally revealed.

Fixed wireless NBN providers will soon have to supply more detailed information about connection speeds and known congestion issues in a cell before a customer signs up to receive a service.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has raised the possibility of substantial changes to the guidance it forces retail service providers (RSPs) to meet when selling NBN services.

That changes were coming was earmarked earlier this year by the ACCC as a way to address the current situation where marketing rules largely only apply to fixed-line connections.

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

NBN Co urged to move into Layer 3

21 Nov 2018
NbnNews

For satellite and fixed wireless services.

NBN Co is being encouraged by a parliamentary committee to move beyond Layer 2 services on both the satellite and fixed wireless portions of its network.

The second joint committee report on the NBN, released yesterday afternoon, urges NBN Co to move up the stack, with the ultimate aim of improving capacity utilisation, data allowances and customer experience.

“The committee recommends that NBN Co materially expand its 'Layer 3' capabilities to better utilise satellite capacity and improve the customer experience,” the report says.

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

NBN not worried about 5G competition, completes own 5G tests

21 Nov 2018
NbnNews

The new CEO of Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) has said he is not overly concerned about losing market share once 5G arrives, while the company has revealed completing its own 5G testing.

This is because NBN already competes with 4G offerings, Stephen Rue explained to media during the company's FY19 Q1 results call on Monday morning.

"One of the hot topics in our industry is how 5G will impact NBN. We are, as you would expect, well aware of the potential of 5G, and keep a close eye on developments, and the impact of wireless competition is built into our Corporate Plan forecast," Rue said.

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

Craigie residents continue fight against Optus telecommunications tower at Camberwarra Park

21 Nov 2018
OptusNews

CRAIGIE residents are again fighting a proposed Optus telecommunications tower at Camberwarra Park.

About 95 people attended a community meeting at the park yesterday morning with Joondalup councillors Christopher May, Russell Poliwka and Mike Norman attending to hear residents’ concerns.

In May, councillors unanimously refused a 31.75m tower, which would be installed next to the tennis courts and toilet block and about 23m from the nearest residential property.

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

5G the first technology to truly compete with NBN

21 Nov 2018
NbnAltNews

The looming rollout of 5G mobile networks should be embraced as a chance to improve telecommunications competition – including with the national broadband network (NBN) – according to the head of Australia’s consumer-competition watchdog.

The new technology will be “the first generation of mobile technology capable of delivering broadband services that are comparable to fixed services in terms of speed and capacity,” Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chairman Rod Sims told a gathering of industry executives at the recent ACMA RadComms 2018 event

To continue reading the article: click here. (ia.acs.org.au)

New Lower Eyre mobile tower to be built

21 Nov 2018
OptusNews

Lower Eyre Peninsula will receive a new phone tower early next year as Optus rolls out more phone towers across South Australia, including locations in the Black Spot Program.

Optus announced on November 14 more than 40 new sites would be built by the end of March to provide greater coverage across the state.

Eyre Peninsula sites have been announced at Puntabie and Kongwirra, near Ceduna, as well as Farm Beach.

Puntabie and Farm Beach are two sites listed as Mobile Black Spots.

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

Optus shells out $23.6m for 40 new towers in South Australia

17 Nov 2018
OptusNews

Optus has revealed it has made an additional investment of $23.6 million into its South Australian network towards the building of 40 new towers in the state.

The new sites will spread from Kangaroo Island up to Eyre Peninsula, covering major transport corridors, tourist areas and regional towns. The new sites will also include a further six federal and state government Mobile Black Spots.

The investment builds on a previous $45 million made in the last 12 months.

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

New Optus towers to be installed on West Coast

17 Nov 2018
OptusNews

Optus has announced it will invest $23.6 million into its South Australian network by building more than 40 new sites, including on Eyre Peninsula, by the end of March 2019 to improve network coverage and provide faster download speeds for customers.

Included among the 43 planned towers are sites east of Ceduna at Kongwirra and Puntabie. 

Ceduna District Council chief executive officer Geoff Moffatt said this would be a boost for the region.

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

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