Tuesday, 12 March 2019 10:43

Optus switches on another site to overcome Qld mobile black spot

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Optus has switched on a new tower in the South Burnett region in Queensland, as part of round 2 of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot program, to bring dedicated coverage to the town of Maidenwell and surroundings for the first time.

The new site, co-funded by the Federal Government, is one of 17 Optus Mobile Black Spot sites now live across Queensland.

Optus says the tower, which is co-located on an NBN Co site on Kingaroy-Cooyar Road, will play a key role in providing enhanced coverage to over 200 local residents, with coverage stretching as far as 15 kilometres from the site.

Optus vice-president of Regulatory and Public Affairs, Andrew Sheridan, said, “This is a great moment for local residents as Optus delivers dedicated mobile coverage to the Maidenwell community for the first time, enabling residents to stay connected with their friends and family through reliable voice and data access.”

“Enabling new sites like this across regional Queensland is made possible by our partnership with the Federal and State Governments. We are grateful for their investment in the Mobile Black Spot Program, as it creates opportunities for us to be responsive to communities where coverage is most needed.”

Federal Member for Maranoa, David Littleproud, says, “Improved mobile coverage for Maidenwell hands locals more choices in how they live their lives and, ultimately, gives people a great opportunity to not only stay up to speed with education, business, news and contacting loved ones but also calling for help in an emergency.

“I’m proud to be delivering better mobile coverage to Maranoa because better connections result in more convenience, better economic opportunities and improve social opportunities for people living in isolated areas.”

Optus says its network now handles more than 45 million calls and 80 million SMS messages each day and carries 6000 terabytes of data each week.

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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year 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).

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