Monday, 30 April 2018 10:22

Sixty million calls as regional mobile black spot programme hits new high Featured


Telstra has switched on its 400th base station under the federal government’s programme to overcome mobile black spots around the country and to enhance mobile communications in regional and remote areas. Newly installed base stations have already facilitated 60 million calls.

The latest base station is in Upper Chittering, Western Australia, as the telco continues the rollout of 650 base stations under the blackspot programme.

Telstra Group managing director Mike Wright says Telstra’s involvement in the programme is bringing significant changes to people’s lives across the country.

The announcement of the 400th station comes just over a month after Telstra switched on its 350th base station.

Wright says the rate of deployment demonstrates Telstra’s commitment to the programme.

“With 400 base stations now active, tens of thousands of people can now access the latest technologies across regional and rural communities to connect with friends and family in exciting new ways.

“So far, more than 60 million calls have been made over the new base stations we built as part of Mobile Black Spot Program, showing how important connectivity is to regional and remote communities.”

Wright says Telstra is building more than 650 new mobile base stations through the three rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Programme, representing total investment of $260 million.

According to him, mobile coverage also brings a range of additional benefits to communities beyond making calls, and communities have jumped at the chance to use Telstra’s data services.

“From video chatting with family far away to using the latest in-home technology, mobile coverage is at the core of the modern, connected way of life.

“More than 2500 terabytes of data have been downloaded in the 400 areas receiving new and improved mobile coverage through the Mobile Black Spot Programme – that’s the equivalent of people downloading more than half a million HD movies or 700 million songs.

“Telstra has invested more in building and operating networks in regional and rural communities that any other provider and we offer more mobile coverage in more parts of Australia.

“Our contribution to the Mobile Black Spot Programme complements the direct investment we have made in building Australia’s largest and fastest mobile network and together these investments have now extended our national coverage beyond the 2.5 metre per square kilometre barrier.

“We have a long and proud history of investing in regional Australia and over the previous three financial years have invested $2.2 billion in our regional mobile network so more Australians can experience a connected world that supports their way of life.”

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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).

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