Optus will install a new macro-base station to power a new mobile phone tower to service the Firefly area, delivering on the Federal Coalition Government’s election commitment to invest funds to eliminate the mobile blackspot area.
Telstra also have a number of new towers planned to go in across NSW.
Federal Member for Lyne, Dr David Gillespie said the tower adds to the growing list of additional towers to be installed in his electorate as part of the ongoing roll-out of communications infrastructure, which includes the Coalition Government’s $220 million mobile black spot program.
“I’m delighted that both Telstra and Optus have responded with bids to build new towers in the latest round of funding under our mobile black spot program,” Dr Gillespie said.
One hundred and six priority locations across Australia will benefit from improved mobile phone coverage.
Optus, Telstra and Vodafone will build 102 new base stations under the “priority location” round.
In addition, the carriers have commercial plans for new base stations that will further address mobile black spot issues in a number of the identified locations.
“The Coalition’s mobile black spot program is already delivering new or improved coverage to sites across Comboyne, Elands, Paterson, Wherrol Flat, Byabarra-Bagnoo Road and Girvan,” Dr Gillespie said.
Construction of the new mobile phone towers will get underway soon.
“We’ve committed $220 million to improve mobile black spots across our vast country, $60 million of this funding is targeting priority black spot areas with poor or no mobile coverage, like at Mount Seaview, Gresford, Firefly and Mount Douglas.”
The base station rollout schedules for all three rounds of the program will be available on the Telstra, Optus and Vodafone websites.
More information about the program and a list of the priority locations is available at www.communications.gov.au/mbsp.
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