Australians in more than 130 rural and regional communities will reportedly gain access to 4G connectivity as part of mobile market leader Telstra’s AUD165 million (USD121 million) commitment to regional Australia and the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme. In a press release the operator noted that it will construct 135 4G small cell base stations in rural and regional communities across the nation, with these to be funded solely by Telstra. Such infrastructure is in addition to the 429 communities that have benefited from Telstra expanding 3G and 4G coverage under Round One of the Mobile Black Spot Programme.
With Telstra Group Managing Director, Networks, Mike Wright noting that the roll out of small cell technology was part of Telstra’s commitment to expand its 4G coverage to 99% of the Australian population by June 2017, he said: ‘We worked closely with the Federal Government to identify the communities who were eligible for this small cell technology and we are proud to be part of this important initiative which will connect so many more regional communities. We will also continue to work with the Government to identify further opportunities to deploy this innovative technology to more rural areas.’