Telstra has announced the activation of its 60th mobile base station as part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme, with Woolomin in New South Wales now benefiting from 3G and 4G mobile coverage.
Under the first round of the programme, Telstra has committed to building 429 3G/4G mobile base stations over three years, with these expected to extend coverage to more than 400 communities across the nation. In addition, the operator is rolling out up to 250 4G small cells to a number of rural and regional communities, providing high speed mobile internet to locals. The Mobile Black Spot Programme involves investment of more than AUD340 million in regional Australia, with AUD165 million of that coming from Telstra itself, while the Federal Government will contribute AUD94.8 million and the remainder will come from targeted additional funding from State and Local Governments. Looking ahead, Telstra has said it expects to surpass 100 base stations constructed by the end of the programme’s first year.
Commenting on the project, Mike Wright, Telstra’s Group Managing Director, Networks, said: ‘As the carrier with the nation’s largest mobile footprint and the first to bring 4G mobile services to regional Australia, we are proud to be involved in a programme that is expanding coverage even further … This is another example of Telstra’s ability to work with governments at all levels to deliver innovative programmes that expand mobile services to regional and rural Australia … Telstra’s strong history of investing in rural and regional Australia means our mobile network already covers more than 2.4 million square kilometres, bringing the benefits of high speed mobile connectivity to hundreds of thousands of Australians not served by any other carrier.’