Telstra's run of outages has continued, with customers across Australia complaining of a lack of service on ADSL and NBN connections on Friday morning. As of the time of writing, Telstra's service status page shows outages in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and South Australia. "Customers with NBN voice and data services and ADSL services may be having difficulty connecting to the internet," a Telstra spokesperson said of the incident. "The issue commenced early this morning, and is impacting NBN-based services and a small number of ADSL services. Services are in the process of being restored."
Telstra has announced activating 60 mobile base stations as part of the Australian government's mobile blackspot program, with the telecommunications provider saying it will reach 100 blackspots by the end of the year. The base stations have been upgraded or constructed in locations across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, and South Australia that have suffered from a lack of mobile coverage in the past. "Communities that previously had little to no mobile reception can now access Australia's leading mobile network, allowing them to connect with family, friends, and clients as well as watch video on the go and run their businesses more effectively over fast 4G mobile broadband," said Telstra Group managing director of Networks Mike Wright. According to Wright, these 60 base stations have provided over 20,000 kilometres square of new or improved mobile coverage, with Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce adding that mobile connectivity is necessary for businesses to take advantage of the digital economy. "As I travel rural and regional areas, locals tell me connectivity is one of their top issues, so this is an important step forward for the regions," Joyce said.
Vodafone Australia has announced an investment of over AU 9 million to be spent on constructing 32 new mobile base stations across the country to improve telecommunications coverage in regional areas. The funding is separate to the federal government's mobile blackspot program, under the first round of which Vodafone is building out 70 base stations in remote areas. "Vodafone is committed to increasing coverage and choice for customers in regional Australia, and we've identified 32 sites which will build on our growth in areas outside the major metropolitan centres," Vodafone Australia CTO Benoit Hanssen said. "Many customers living in regional and rural Australia don't have access to reliable coverage, choice of provider, or both, and we're determined to drive change." The base stations will be built in Coffs Harbour Park Beach, Coffs Harbour CBD, Coffs Harbour West, Toormina, Coffs Harbour Industrial, Coffs Harbour Jetty, Coffs Harbour North, Tamworth showgrounds, South Tamworth, West Tamworth, Taminda, Tamworth Golden Guitar, Berrigan, Yeoval, Cudal, Tallimba North, Rushes Creek, Bendemeer, and Kootingal, New South Wales; Bundaberg East, Bundaberg North, Svensson Heights, Bargara, Elliots Heads, Burnett Heads, and Drillham, Queensland; Carrabin and Burracoppin, Western Australia; and Myrtle Bank, Scottsdale, Campania, and Ouse, Tasmania.
Telstra has confirmed that it is currently undertaking fibre repairs near Orange, New South Wales, to bring Triple Zero emergency services back up. We're working to restore services ASAP and are sorry for service interruptions. According to the telco, intermittent mobile voice connection interruptions across NSW, Victoria, South Australia, and Queensland had occurred since 2.05am on Friday due to a cable cut between Orange and Bowral. Routers were then restored at 4.50am, with Telstra saying mobile voice services had returned to normal; however, it said Triple Zero calls are still experiencing "intermittent interruptions". "Update: There are still intermittent interruptions to 000 calls in NSW, VIC & WA following the cable cut in NSW earlier today.
The Greens are proposing a new national energy storage target of 20 gigawatts by 2030 to help drive the switch to renewables at both the household level and across the energy grid. The new policy will be announced on Wednesday ahead of meetings between the Greens climate and energy spokesman, Adam Bandt, and key industry players, such as the Australian Energy Storage Council, Tesla, the US firm AES Energy Storage, and Suntrix. The storage policy is modelled on the design of the federal renewable energy target. It would contain incentives for households and small business to take up storage, and grid scale measures including funding of $2.2bn to contract and build new storage capacity across the national electricity market, and in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, which are separate. While Malcolm Turnbull has put a lot of focus on the need to have sufficient reliable dispatchable power in the grid, including base-load power from ageing coal assets like the Liddell power plant in New South Wales, Bandt said Australia doesn't have a base-load problem, "we have a peak-load problem".