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Vodafone expands its regional NSW coverage



Customers around Tamworth should see improved Vodafone 4G reception as new towers come online.

Vodafone's busy pushing its network into regional areas, having already announced improvements to its 4G coverage in Tasmania just yesterday. Today it's the turn of New South Wales, with Vodafone announcing a $5.3 million plan to invest in 15 new sites in the New England region of New South Wales, including areas around South Tamworth, West Tamworth, Taminda and Armidale East.

New sites at Westdale and Kootingal, as part of the Federal Government's mobile blackspot program should add around 126 square kilometres of coverage, including 16km of roadway coverage.

All up, Vodafone has either developed or is working on 18 sites throughout the New England region under round one of the mobile blackspot program, covering Attunga, Barraba, Duri, Elsmore, Fossickers Way, Hallsville, Invergowrie, Manilla, Moonbi, Mount Carrington, Oxley Vale, Piallamore, Sandy Hills, Spring Mountain Road, Tabulam, Walcha, Warral and Westdale. A further two sites at Doughboy Mountain and Mount Hourigan in New England are covered under the round two mobile blackspot allocation.

Vodafone is also funding nine sites of its own in the area, covering Armidale East, Bendemeer, Kootingal, Rushes Creek, Tamworth Showgrounds, South Tamworth, West Tamworth, Taminda and Tamworth Golden Guitar, as well as three replacement sites at Lake Mountain, Mount Moonbi and Uralla.

The improvements come as Vodafone continues to petition for the declaration of domestic roaming arrangements, claiming that such a system could save Australians up to $658 million per year. That's a claim that wasn't supported by Optus, which has announced its own plans to invest $1 billion in improvements to its regional and rural mobile networks.

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