MEDIA RELEASE - Coalition delivers on first mobile base stations
first mobile base stations constructed under the Commonwealth Government’s $385
million Mobile Black Spot Programme were switched on this week, with more new
base stations to come online in coming weeks.
a commitment, new mobile base stations were switched on in Marlborough and
Quilpie in Queensland and Deniliquin in New South Wales, with an additional
base station in New South Wales due to be switched on next week.
Mobile Black Spot Programme has reached a significant milestone by delivering
on the first of 499 new and upgraded mobile base stations in regional and
remote areas,” Minister Fifield said.
the coming months, more base stations across Australia will come online, funded
through Round 1 of the programme which will provide new or upgraded mobile
coverage to some 3,000 nominated mobile black spots announced in June 2015.”
Mobile Black Spot Programme represents the largest one-time increase in mobile
network coverage delivered by a single public funding programme in the history
of mobile communications in Australia. The locations of the new or upgraded
base stations for Round 1 were selected following an extensive public
consultation process which allowed members of the public to nominate mobile
black spot locations in regional and remote areas.
new and upgraded base stations to be built will provide new handheld coverage
to 68,600 square kilometres and new external antenna coverage to more than
150,000 square kilometres, and more than 5,700 kilometres of major transport
routes will receive new handheld or external antenna coverage.
spot nominations for Round 2 of the Programme close by December 31st
and can be made online at www.communications.gov.au/blackspots. The Government will
invest an additional $60 million in improving mobile coverage for Round 2 of
the programme, on top of its $100 million investment in Round 1.
map of mobile black spot locations and the locations which will receive new or
upgraded coverage under Round 1 of the programme is available at http://nationalmap.gov.au/