Thursday, September 21, 2023



Pasin ponders phone towers

Member for Barker Tony Pasin would prefer a different funding method than the “all or nothing” approach of Telstra’s Connect Limestone Coast project. The $40 million project involves 27 phone towers scattered across the region, each costing $1.5 million.

100 pc mobile coverage in 2 years

Across the Limestone Coast and throughout Australia, Optus and SpaceX plan to provide 100 per cent mobile coverage by the end of 2025. The deal means an Optus customer should be able to connect to Starlink’s satellites to get mobile service if an Optus network is not available.

NLC hangs up on Telstra

An unexplained drop in mobile phone services throughout the district, Telstra profits, Optus and looming satellite mobile services are among reasons the Naracoorte Lucindale Council has rejected Telstra’s second call for ratepayer cash. But the main reason is cost-shifting and ratepayers being asked to pay for a taxpayer funded federal government responsibility.

Telstra’s plan for 27 towers

During the next few years Telstra hopes to build 27 mobile phone towers throughout the region, each costing around $1.5 million. Called Connect Limestone Coast, Telstra expects to fund 25 per cent of the cost itself, anticipating the Commonwealth will pick up 50 per cent of the tab. It will be up to councils, State Government, and industries to fund the remaining cost.

Emergency services introduce breakthrough technology to overcome dangerous communications black spots: Minns, Dib

New state-of-the-art technology will be unveiled, helping first responders overcome dangerous communications black spots to keep them better connected during emergencies. Mobile Wi-Fi equipment has now been installed in over 1,300 Fire and Rescue NSW and NSW State Emergency Service (SES) vehicles, which will ensure 4G or satellite communication access during incident responses.

Nobody relishes a postal delay – this one may cost the area some gold

Powick’s Pantry’s potentially winning spicy tomato relish is languishing in a mail sorting facility in Sydney instead of being delivered to the Sydney Food Show for judging ... it has still not been delivered and is apparently sitting in the mail centre a week after it was posted.

Optus delivers new tower in Brooms Head

Optus has improved their coverage and increased network capacity in Brooms Head in Northern New South Wales, by switching on a new tower in the region to help residents, businesses, and tourists stay connected and give them a choice of network provider ... ARR.News asked a few further questions of Optus about the Brooms Head tower.

Making the switch from Telstra Velocity Network to Opticomm Network

A wave of residents in Yanchep, Alkimos, Butler and Brighton (in Velocity connected areas) is set to make the switch from the legacy Telstra Velocity network to the upgraded Opticomm network from August 2023 onwards. Opticomm has upgraded the Telstra Velocity network ahead of the transition to provide residents with access to more reliable connectivity.

Keeping regional Queenslanders connected in emergencies: Rowland, Watt

Communities across South East Queensland and the Fraser Coast will benefit from more resilient and reliable telecommunications, with the completion of a new $4.4 million project to keep the NBN running during natural disasters ... An innovative and environmentally friendly technology, Hybrid Power Cubes power NBN fixed wireless towers using a combination of solar panels, a battery, and a compact diesel generator, ensuring uninterrupted power supply to fixed wireless towers when it is needed most.

Outage outrage

Patrick Goldsmith. Southern Yorke Peninsula residents are concerned about their phone coverage after being hit with a 12-day outage. Angela Schmidt, who operates Charles Street Hair and Beauty, Yorketown, was without phone reception from Saturday, June 10 until Wednesday, June 21.

nbn unveils nbn® Sky Muster® Plus Premium: offering even more connectivity options for Australia

More than 400,000 homes and small businesses across Australia can now access a new nbn satellite plan, which provides access to uncapped data usage* to meet the growing data demands of regional, rural and remote communities across Australia. The new plan, named nbn Sky Muster Plus Premium, is the latest step in the evolution of the nbn satellite network and adds to the suite of existing nbn Sky Muster Plus plans.

Telstra’s “big project” rejected

Telecommunications company Telstra is seeking ratepayer funding to help build towers in the Limestone Coast region as part of a "big project". In a proposal to the Naracoorte-Lucindale Council, a Telstra SA and Tasmania area general manager Michael Patterson outlined Telstra's proposal for the South-East, asking for a five percent funding investment by the council.

Aeradio facility open on Sunday

Take a trip down memory lane next Sunday June 3rd and visit Nhill’s historic Aeradio Building ... it is the only surviving one of its type in Australia. Nineteen Aeradio facilities were built across the nation in the late 1930s to help airline pilots plot their positions using radio signals, long before it became commonplace to use GPS.

Fire and Rescue New South Wales extends safety and security with SmartConnect from Motorola Solutions

New service extends the reach and capability of resilient, secure communication. Fire and Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW) has deployed SmartConnect, a new service from Motorola Solutions, to securely extend the coverage and capacity of its mission-critical radio communications.

Turf Club secret: What`s in that box?

The Alice Springs Turf Club is hosting Chinese satellite navigation equipment with potential military use and apparently without the knowledge of the Federal Government. This is alleged by a source, formerly linked to the company that supplied it, speaking with the Alice Springs News on the condition of not being named.

Send a notice to Australia Post: Littleproud

Leader of The Nationals and Member for Maranoa David Littleproud is calling on locals to deliver their own notice to Australia Post, by sending a loud and clear message to continue services in the area ... It comes after Australia Post removed much-loved red street post boxes from Maranoa communities in Weengallon, Guluguba, Macalister, with two boxes moved to metropolitan areas.

Barkly Sky Muster customers set to receive unmetered data allowance in new trial

Barkly residents on the NBN Sky Muster Plus plan will soon receive unmetered monthly data allowances and faster speeds as part of a new trial to boost internet quality in the bush ... Member for Lingiari Marion Scrymgour said the trial is great news for Lingiari residents in the Sky Muster footprint.

Optus outrage following major outage

For more than a week, Optus customers in Copmanhurst, Whiteman Creek, Jackadgery and surrounding areas were unable to make, send, or receive phone calls or text messages, after the network experienced a major outage due to a hardware fault in a nearby tower. Between February 13 and 21, hundreds of people experienced disruptions to their services while the telecommunications giant addressed the problem, with many venting their frustrations on social media.

Back to school for Barkly kids

Teachers and students headed back to school on Tuesday after the six-week break to start the new school year. Plenty of nerves and excitement as students look forward to seeing friends and getting to know new teachers ... One big change this year that has been welcomed by staff and parents, is the introduction of the mobile phone ban.

Regional Tech Hub launches new book-in phone service: NFF

Say goodbye to connectivity frustration in rural, regional, and remote Australia with a new and convenient book-in phone support service from the Regional Tech Hub. The team is ready to provide free, independent personalised connectivity assistance, answer questions, and provide advice on internet and mobile options, no matter where you live in regional Australia.

Mobile phone microcell consultation summary

Suzie Christensen, LHIB. The Lord Howe Island Board has received a proposal from Telstra to install a mobile phone microcell, funded through the blackspot program. The tower is to be built on crown land, and as such, the Board’s role is to determine whether or not to grant Owner’s Consent ... 90 of the 131 responses (68%) were not in favour.

Coming up to speed on farm connectivity

If you understand the difference between 5G low and high band, fixed wireless, repeaters and extenders, then you don’t have to read this. While the tech savvy know their way around digital connectivity, the vast majority of us are staggering around in the dark when it comes to getting information on how to get a couple of extra signal bars on our mobile phones or stop the download lag on our broadband.

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