Telstra bags state contract from WA government for mobile network rollout

1 Feb 2012

Telstra, Australia’s fixed line incumbent and controller of the country’s largest cellco by subscribers, has reportedly landed the contract from the Western Australian (WA) State Government to enhance mobile coverage in rural parts of the state. According to Delimiter, having been awarded the Regional Mobile Communication Project (RMCP) contract Telstra is set to receive AUD39.2 million (USD41.6 million) in state funding, in return for which it will provide a value return of AUD106 million in the form of direct capital expenditure and access rights to its infrastructure. By the end of the three-year contract the telco is required to construct 113 new mobile base stations, providing coverage of regional and remote areas, with the project expected to boost Telstra’s mobile network coverage from 430,000 square kilometres to more than 525,000 square kilometres. Speaking about the development, Telstra’s regional sales and service director for the Central West region, Richard Fink, noted: ‘Keeping people connected is a vision both Telstra and the State Government share and Telstra looks forward to providing a network that will benefit not just individuals but also business, government, indigenous communities and emergency services in WA.’

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