Finally, the mobile black spots in rural Australia are being sorted. Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie has announced that 13 new Mobile Black Spot Program mobile base stations will go live soon, providing mobile coverage to regional areas.
The new base stations were constructed across Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and Tasmania.
The improved coverage is made possible through the Federal Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program, which is delivering much needed improved coverage across Australia.
“I’m committed to ensuring that those living in regional Australia have access to 21st century communication technology and the Mobile Black Spot Program is one way the Government is helping us to get there,” Minister McKenzie said.
“It’s fantastic to see that these communities are now receiving reliable mobile coverage. Our country is vast, and I understand that communities rely on technology to run their businesses, complete their education and connect with their friends and family.
“This new coverage will improve safety along transport routes and will help to reduce the distances for those living away from loved ones.”
Under the first two rounds of the program, a total of 765 new base stations will be delivered to address black spots in every state and territory. A further $60 million has been committed to a third round to address 106 sites in priority black spot areas.
For more information about the program visit: www.communications.gov.au/mbsp