Australians living in rural and regional areas now have more than 50,000 square kilometres of new and improved mobile coverage as part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.
The 100th black spot from a planned 577 sites by Telstra was deployed in Culla in Victoria’s Southern Grampians.
This is part of a $486 million co-investment by Telstra across Australia as part of the government program.
Telstra CEO Andrew Penn was in Culla to celebrate the milestone with Federal Minister for Regional Communication, Fiona Nash and Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan as well as members of the local community.
“Whether you are at home, at work or in the field, we know that increased coverage is the number one priority for people and businesses in rural and regional Australia,” Mr Penn said.
“The coverage we have already delivered under this program would cover entire nations like Switzerland, Denmark or Costa Rica, and it is set to grow rapidly in the coming months.
“The improved coverage is increasing access to new technologies for key regional sectors like agriculture, transport, mining and tourism – technologies which rely on a fast, reliable and affordable mobile network.”
“Thousands of people in rural and regional areas can now talk with family, friends and run their businesses more effectively through Telstra’s 4GX service, bringing you the fastest 4G speeds on your 4GX device in Australia.”
Telstra has also rolled out 34 of up to 250 innovative 4G data-only small cells to give rural and regional Australia access to fast connectivity.
“The best results are always achieved working in partnership and that’s what the Coalition Government has done with this program,” Minister Nash said.
“I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to and good telecommunications are a big part of that.”
Telstra plans to have more than 200 mobile base stations online in rural and regional locations across the country.
The MBSP encourages carriers to build mobile infrastructure that all providers can use if they decided to invest in the program.