Telecommunications services provider, Optus, has switched on mobile coverage at Lake Cathie, in the mid-north coast region of NSW.
A dedicated mobile tower will bring mobile coverage to the coastal community for the first time.
Optus said, in a statement, that the new mobile tower was built in response to approaches made by the local community and the Lake Cathie Progress Association to provide permanent mobile coverage solutions for the area.
Lake Cathie Progress Association secretary, Jack Jones, said the new tower is a welcome development in town.
“Lake Cathie has notoriously been a coverage black spot, with many businesses and residents still reliant on dial-up Internet connections as they struggled with access to reliable mobile coverage," he said.
“Businesses can now operate much more flexibly, while local residents can now stay connected with their loved ones when they’re out and about.”
Optus mobile radio engineering vice-president, Andrew Smith, said Optus had invested more than $1.8 billion in its mobile network since 2009 and through expansion in metro and regional areas of Australia. The Optus mobile network now reached more than 98 per cent of the Australian population for voice and data.
“As we continue to enhance our customers’ experience by expanding the Optus mobile network across Australia, we’ve seen first-hand how important it is for many regional communities to have access to reliable mobile coverage,” he said.
In conjunction with the Lake Cathie Progress Association, Optus also recently held an information day at the Lake Cathie Community Hall to demonstrate the mobile plans and devices available, as well as provide trial phones and mobile broadband modems for businesses and residents to test the services.