Telstra activates 100th blackspot busting base station


WhistleOut
16 March 2017

black spot busting telco tower

Telstra today celebrated the activation of its 100th base station built under the Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot Program. Located in Victoria's South Grampians, Culla is number 100 of the 577 base stations being developed by Telstra. When combined, Telstra says the 100 new base stations provide over 50,000 square kilometres of new or improved mobile coverage. 

"The improved coverage is increasing access to new technologies for key regional sectors like agriculture, transport, mining and tourism – technologies which rely on a fast, reliable and affordable mobile network," said Telstra CEO Andy Penn. "Thousands of people in rural and regional areas can now talk with family, friends and run their businesses more effectively through Telstra’s 4GX service."

Penn says he expects Telstra will have 200 base stations online before the end of 2017.

The Mobile Black Spot Program is a Government initiative designed to improve mobile phone coverage and competition in regional, rural and remote Australia, especially in areas where there’s less financial incentive for telcos. To date, the government has committed to $160 million across the program's first two rounds, with another $60 million slated for round three. Telstra, Vodafone, Optus, and state and local governments have also co-invested in the program.

Optus is building 114 towers as part of the scheme, and Vodafone is building 74.


Telco tower at twilight image from Shutterstock.


Comments

Compare phones and plans from the following carriers...

Personal

Business

Featured Deals

Special Offer Pricing for 6 months!

Get amaysim nbn 12 Mbps for $40/month & 25 Mbps for $60/month. The first six month’s service are at a discounted rate. Offer ends 19.01.18

Bonus Deals with Telstra Mobile Broadband

Telstra Mobile Broadband plans include a range of deals such as bonus Foxtel Pack subscriptions, unlimited Telstra Air Data & Bonus Data

Unlimited Netflix Streaming

Teleron's 100GB Promo plan includes unlimited Netflix streaming & data-free iTunes downloads until 31 Dec. New customers only, T&Cs apply

$70 credit with 18 month contracts

SpinTel's 18 month nbn™ broabdband plans now include a $70 credit which will appear on your first invoice...