Wednesday, 22 February 2017 22:01

Vodafone connects Tasmanians with expanded mobile coverage Featured


Vodafone is expanding its Tasmanian network with six new towers in and around Launceston and upgrading a number of existing sites to provide improved 4G services to its customers in the city.

Late last year, Vodafone switched on two new towers in the Launceston suburbs of Norwood and Ravenswood and says it will switch on another four new towers before the end of the year – Newham and Prospect Hill before June, Launceston North before August, and Youngtown by the end of the year.

According to the telco, when completed, the new towers will deliver a total of 428 square kilometres of additional mobile coverage.

The investments in Launceston are in addition to upgrades in the past 12 months to four existing towers.

Vodafone chief technology officer Kevin Millroy said Vodafone continued to improve services for customers in the region through direct investment as well as participation in the federal government’s mobile black spot programme.

“Vodafone is investing heavily and working hard to improve and expand its services in and around Launceston, as it is around the whole country.

“Vodafone is committed to expanding its network to help fuel economic growth and jobs, and enable customers to quickly access the applications, services and content that matters most to them.

“More than ever before, customers look to mobile communications to stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues. Customers in Launceston will now benefit from enhanced network coverage and performance.”

Under round one of the government’s mobile black spot programme, Vodafone says it will also light up a new tower next month in Buckland in Tasmania that will bring 136 square kilometres of additional mobile coverage, including to 84 homes in the region and along the Tasman Highway towards Okehampton Beach and Little Swanport, Buckland Road and Nugent Road in Buckland.

Millroy says the mobile coverage of the new tower is also expected to partially reach surrounding forest reserves including Wielangta and Mount Morrison.

Last year, Vodafone expanded its mobile network when it switched on sites in Bothwell and Bicheno as part of the mobile black spot programme and the telco is building 19 sites in Tasmania under rounds one and two of the programme.

Vodafone says that by the end of 2017, its four-year network investment in Tasmania will be about $28 million, including more than $1 million for towers planned for Myrtle Bank, Scottsdale, Campania, and Ouse.

Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash said round one of the mobile black spot programme would deliver 499 mobile phone towers covering some 3000 coverage black spots across the country, extending coverage to 26,000 homes and businesses across 165,000 square kilometres.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and good telecommunications is a big part of that,” Nash said.

“Being a farmer from central NSW myself, I know how important mobile coverage is.”

Millroy says all the major smartphones already work on Vodafone’s low-band 4G 850MHz network, including iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models.

“What it means for customers is that they’ll notice the 4G or LTE symbol on their phone more often.” Millroy says.

As part of its drive to expand its network and entice customers Vodafone is offering new customers a money-back 30 Day Network Satisfaction Guarantee.

Under this scheme, if a new post-paid customer is not satisfied with Vodafone’s network within the first 30 days, they can cancel their contract, “no questions asked”.

Vodafone will also refund any monthly access fees and monthly handset instalments paid by the customer as long as the equipment and device are returned to a Vodafone store within 10 days of making the claim. The satisfaction guarantee is also available for business customers with up to nine connections.

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here


It's all about Webinars.

Marketing budgets are now focused on Webinars combined with Lead Generation.

If you wish to promote a Webinar we recommend at least a 3 to 4 week campaign prior to your event.

The iTWire campaign will include extensive adverts on our News Site and prominent Newsletter promotion and Promotional News & Editorial. Plus a video interview of the key speaker on iTWire TV which will be used in Promotional Posts on the iTWire Home Page.

Now we are coming out of Lockdown iTWire will be focussed to assisting with your webinatrs and campaigns and assassistance via part payments and extended terms, a Webinar Business Booster Pack and other supportive programs. We can also create your adverts and written content plus coordinate your video interview.

We look forward to discussing your campaign goals with you. Please click the button below.



iTWire TV offers a unique value to the Tech Sector by providing a range of video interviews, news, views and reviews, and also provides the opportunity for vendors to promote your company and your marketing messages.

We work with you to develop the message and conduct the interview or product review in a safe and collaborative way. Unlike other Tech YouTube channels, we create a story around your message and post that on the homepage of ITWire, linking to your message.

In addition, your interview post message can be displayed in up to 7 different post displays on our the site to drive traffic and readers to your video content and downloads. This can be a significant Lead Generation opportunity for your business.

We also provide 3 videos in one recording/sitting if you require so that you have a series of videos to promote to your customers. Your sales team can add your emails to sales collateral and to the footer of their sales and marketing emails.

See the latest in Tech News, Views, Interviews, Reviews, Product Promos and Events. Plus funny videos from our readers and customers.


Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous




Guest Opinion

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News