Telecommunications company, Telstra, has improved mobile coverage for more people in Western Victoria. It has activated six new mobile base stations under the Mobile Black Spot Programme, improving services for thousands of Telstra customers.
Jointly funded between Telstra, the Federal Government and the Victorian Government, the latest communities to receive new and improved coverage include Kalkee, Kewell, Boolite, Marnoo and Harrow. Mobile base stations were also switched-on in Sheep Hills and Wombelano in April.
Telstra area general manager, Steve Tinker, said the Mobile Blackspot Programme was delivering coverage to communities where previously there was limited or no coverage.
“Expanding mobile coverage to these communities is making a real difference in so many ways.
“We are proud to be partnering with all levels of Government to help people run their business, keep in contact with friends and family or browse the web and social media on the nation’s largest and fastest mobile network,” he said.
According to Tinker, Telstra’s rollout of the programme is in full swing and it is proud to be part of such an important initiative, which is connecting so many more regional and rural communities.
“As the first carrier to bring 4G mobile services to regional Australia, we know how important high-speed mobile can be to supporting local communities and businesses and we are excited to extend this even further to more Australians,” he said.
“We are continuing to expand our 4G to reach 99 per cent of the population by end 2017.”
These latest areas are among 429 mobile coverage black spots across regional and rural Australia benefitting from expanded 3G/4G mobile coverage provided by Telstra under the Mobile Black Spot Programme.
The Mobile Black Spot Programme involves investment of more than $340 million in regional and rural Australia, with $165 million from Telstra, $94.8 million from the Federal Government, $21 million from the Victorian Government and tens of millions in targeted additional funding from other State and Local Governments.