Telstra activates its 100th Australian mobile black spot station

Alex Kidman 16 March 2017

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Even more mobile coverage for regional Australians on tap, with more to come.

Telstra has announced that it has hit a particular milestone in its work with the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot program, with the 100th base station going live at Culla, in Victoria’s Southern Grampians district. Telstra claims that collectively it has already delivered enhanced coverage to over 50,000 square kilometres of new or improved mobile coverage as part of the scheme.

"The coverage we have already delivered under this program would cover entire nations like Switzerland, Denmark or Costa Rica, and it is set to grow rapidly in the coming months," said Telstra CEO Andrew Penn in a statement.

Telstra is on track to deliver some 577 mobile black spot station sites to improve mobile coverage across Australia, with the company pursuing an aggressive rollout strategy.

"We expect to have more than 200 new mobile base stations online in total in rural and regional locations before the end of the year," said Penn. Telstra already has an online tool for checking the progress of its mobile blackspot rollout, but it’s not the only telco to build new infrastructure under the scheme.

While Optus missed out on the first round of funding, it has committed to building 114 mobile towers under the scheme, while Vodafone has recently been using NBN backhaul to power its own mobile blackspot efforts.


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