Wednesday, 02 October 2019 10:45

Another blackspot eliminated as Firefly gets improved mobile phone coverage

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The rural community of Firefly on the NSW mid north coast now has improved mobile phone coverage with the switching on of a new tower co-funded by Optus and the Federal Government as part of the rollout of the Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

Optus says coverage from the site, which is co-located on an existing tower along Bunyah Road in Firefly is now enabling more than 190 homes to connect to reliable mobile reception, providing them with the ability to make and receive calls, text and browse the internet.

Additionally, more than 55 square kilometres of area surrounding the site will receive enhanced mobile coverage, including more than 14 kilometres of roads and highways and sections of Bucketts Way, Firefly Road, Wallanbah Road, Avalon Road and Mill Street.

Andrew Sheridan, Optus’ Vice President of Regulatory and Public Affairs said, “Bringing much-needed mobile coverage to rural communities like Firefly is important for residents. It not only means greater safety for people living, working and driving through these areas by unlocking access to communication but it also helps to facilitate contact with family and friends.”

“Ensuring all Australians are able to access reliable mobile coverage is something we are continuing to work towards and programs like the Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot Program are crucial to helping us achieve this goal.”

“Optus’ mobile black spot sites have resulted in over 350,000 hours of calls, carried over 7.2 million new calls and served over 1,000,000 individual users, reflecting our commitment to enabling a greater availability of mobile services for our customers no matter where they live.

“This program delivers valuable opportunities for these regional communities, allow.ing areas to remain competitive with access to the same resources as the rest of Australia.”

Federal Member for Lyne, Dr David Gillespie said “having access to 4G mobile and data coverage will provide an enormous boost, especially for businesses that rely on good connectivity”.

Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead said there is nothing more frustrating than the inability to send a text, receive a call or email when you need to, especially in times of emergency.

“This tower is going to make a real difference in the lives in this area because if we want our regional communities to continue to grow and prosper we've got to get them connected and got to make sure they have the modern communications for education, for tourism, for business and in particular for our emergency services.”

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