This article is a resource for people seeking information on mobile broadband services in Australia. Mobile Broadband is a different technology to NBN Fixed Wireless.
This guide covers information relating to:
- mobile terminology
- how to enhance mobile coverage, and other resources.
Connecting to Mobile Networks in the Rural Environment
STEP 1: Locate your local tower
To find your closest tower use the following links:
The following online guides take you through a number of steps. You will steadily develop a clearer picture of the mobile towers around your location. It may all seem a little mind numbing at first, but work through the guides carefully. The two guides below each take a slightly different approach at some steps, so read both and work out what works best for you.
Australian mobile bands and frequencies available in 2015:
The carrier bandwidth is the single greatest determinate of how fast the mobile data service may operate. There are other factors such as signal strength, Carrier Aggregation and frequency of operation that also affect the speed of service and the distance that the service may be available from the tower.
The following are helpful guides on how to enhance and improve your mobile service:
Telco Antennas can do a desktop site survey to assist you with connecting to mobile broadband & determine if there is reception in your area (cost is $79). They can then put you in touch with a specialist in your area who understands the requirements for your state. The report will advise likely signal levels, the sort of mobile services available, the best antenna for your location and where to point your antenna.
STEP 2: Select the Correct Antenna & Pointing It
Refer to the BIRRR Antenna Installers & Suppliers
What is Legal ?
If you can get some mobile coverage at your location, a cel-fi booster / smart antenna and other roof top antennas may assist you in boosting your signal.
Passive antennas are usually mounted on the roof (e.g. yagi antennas) and do not require licensing.
Illegal boosters carry a large fine as they can interfere with the mobile network.
” It is an offence under the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (the Act) to operate an unlicensed radiocommunications device, or possess this device for the purpose of operation. A person found guilty of this offence may be imprisoned for two years for each offence. A body corporate may receive a penalty of up to $270,000 (1,500 penalty units) per offence (sections 46 and 47 of the Act). Other penalties may apply, such as the interference offence provisions at Part 4.2 of the Act.” ( ACMA )
Still need more info ? Check out Telco Antennas Frequently Asked Questions
*Please note, while all care has been taken in compiling BIRRR documents, we recommend that you check with your service provider, local government and local installer regarding your own connection issues and infrastructure needed. Each state has different laws for antenna installation.