Government has released the locations of the first 78 mobile base stations
scheduled to be constructed by the end of June 2016 under round 1 of the $385
million Mobile Black Spot Programme.
mobile base stations have already been completed and the first six-month
rollout schedule lists the new or upgraded base stations to be built in
Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and
Tasmania by the first half of this year.
rollout of the 499 new or upgraded base stations will be completed over the
next three years and the rollout schedule will be updated half-yearly with the
most up-to-date information from mobile network operators of the new base
stations scheduled to be built.
with local communities is an important step in the successful rollout of any
major infrastructure programme, including the Mobile Black Spot Programme.
Timeframes for the rollout of new base stations can vary widely, typically due
to local government development approval processes, community consultation
periods and other local factors.
Under round 1
of the Programme, the Coalition Government’s $100 million investment leveraged
an additional $88 million in co-contributions from the Governments of New South
Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania, as well as
substantial co-contributions from Telstra and Vodafone, local governments and
third parties to establish a total funding package of $385 million.
This is the
most significant one-time increase in mobile network coverage to regional and
remote Australia delivered by a single public funding programme in the history
of mobile communications in Australia.
rollout of 499 new or upgraded base stations from round 1 of the Programme will
provide 68,600 square kilometres of new handheld coverage and more than 150,000
square kilometres of new external antenna coverage, providing mobile coverage
to some 3,000 mobile black spot locations nominated by members of the public.
nominations for black spots to be considered under round 2 of the Programme
closed last month, with an additional $60 million in funding announced for in
round 2 in June 2015. The new locations to be funded under round 2 are expected
to be announced by the end of 2016, with a competitive selection process for
the funding to be announced in the coming weeks.
information about the Programme and the rollout schedule is available at www.communications.gov.au/mobile_coverage