Australia’s Optus has successfully secured funding to build 16 new mobile sites in New South Wales (NSW) as part of the state government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme (MBSP). The new sites will be deployed across the state, it notes, and the build-out is expected to cost AUD12 million (USD8.7 million), with half of that coming from state funding and the remainder from Optus’ internal resources. The mobile operator said it has worked closely with the NSW state government to determine the best locations for the sites to ensure maximum coverage in each area.
Commenting on the development, Andrew Sheridan, Vice President Regulatory and Public Affairs at Optus, said: ‘This is the first time that people in these areas will have dedicated mobile coverage. Access to voice and data coverage is critical, particularly in those regions with high agricultural or tourism-based economies.’