MEDIA RELEASE - Mobile Black Spot Programme Round 2 - deadline December 31st
9 December 2015
Minister Mitch Fifield today called for nominations of mobile black spot
locations around Australia to be submitted by December 31st for
consideration under Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Programme (MBSP).
Government has committed $60 million to provide new or upgraded mobile coverage
to black spots in regional and remote Australia under Round 2 of the Mobile
Black Spot Programme, and we’re calling on members of the public to nominate
black spots in their local area by 31 December,” Minister Fifield said.
“This new funding is
on top of the $100 million committed to Round 1 of the programme, which
leveraged co-contributions from mobile operators, state and local governments
and third parties for a total funding envelope of $385 million.”
nominations for Round 2 of the Programme close on 31 December and can be made
online at www.communications.gov.au/blackspots
by the public as mobile black spots will be added to a national database which
will be provided to mobile operators as part of a competitive selection
process. Operators will be required to nominate sites where they would build
new or upgraded base stations to serve the black spot locations nominated by
will be determined in accordance with the ranking process set out in the Mobile
Black Spot Programme Round 2 guidelines, which will be issued publicly prior to
the commencement of the competitive selection process.
selection process is scheduled to begin in early 2016, and the Government
expects to be in a position to announce the successful locations under Round 2
by the end of 2016.
More than 6,000
locations were nominated under Round 1 of the programme, with Round 1 set to
provide new or upgraded coverage to around 3,000 of the nominated black spots.
Black spots which are not set to receive new or upgraded coverage under Round 1
of the programme will remain in the database as eligible locations for Round 2.
Government announced the successful locations under Round 1 in June 2015, with
the first of the 499 base stations funded under the programme due to be
switched-on by the end of 2015. The full rollout will be completed over the
next three years.
A map of mobile black
spot locations and the locations which will receive new or upgraded coverage
under the Programme is available on the National Map at nationalmap.gov.au/
For more information
contact: Justine Sywak | 0448 448 487 | Justine.Sywak@communications.gov.au