Monday, 30 August 2021 14:43

Telstra and Victorian Government partner on $5.4M worth of new regional connectivity projects

Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford

Telstra has partnered with the Victorian State Government on two projects in Victoria.

Mallacoota residents and visitors will have better mobile and internet connections, with new mobile infrastructure to be built to help the region recover from the devastating 2019-20 bushfires.

A partnership with Olam Orchards and the Victorian State Government, Telstra will improved mobile coverage between Wemen and Beverford in northern Victoria, including along a 40 kilometre stretch of the Murray Valley Highway.

In a partnership with Olam Orchards and Victorian Government, Telstra will deliver a $3.2M project that will:

  • Improve mobile coverage for locals, businesses and those travelling through northern Victoria
  • Improve agri-business in one of Victoria’s most productive horticultural regions
  • Make use of existing Olam Orchards infrastructure to deliver improvements in mobile connectivity
  • Involve the construction of three new 4G mobile base stations at Annuello, Wandown and Beverford, and a new 4G mobile small cell at Woorinen South – which will give better 4G mobile coverage to about 2,650 homes and businesses

In a partnership with Victorian Government, Telstra will deliver a $2.2 million project in Mallacoota that will:

  • Significantly upgrade the existing radio link backhaul into Mallacoota, opening up many more opportunities for increased connectivity into the community.
  • More than double the amount of radio resources available for 4G mobile services, helping cover busy summer and holiday periods when thousands more people visit there.
  • Improve speed and connectivity on the 4G mobile network in Mallacoota.

On the Olam Orchards partnership, Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford said,“Partnerships like this create so much value for our regions. Farmers can work more efficiently and sustainably, new types of jobs are created, and communities can grow and become more connected.”

“As well as supporting business, this improved coverage will help locals by giving them vital links to their families, community, education and work.”

On the Mallacoota partnership with Telstra, Pulford said, “It’s been heartbreaking to see Mallacoota hit by the 2019-20 bushfires and the coronavirus pandemic, so we’re pleased to be helping residents and businesses on their path to recovery.”

“These new mobile base stations will ensure locals and visitors are connected and protected during emergencies like bushfires and floods.”

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