Optus has announced the townships of Yangan and Emu Vale, east of Warwick in Queensland’s Southern Downs, will receive mobile reception following the switch-on of a new tower in the area, as part of the federal government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.
"Additional investment is also locked in for the Southern Downs and Western Queensland."
We're told the site signals wide area mobile and data reception for Yangan and Emu Vale and "forms part of a greater network investment program being undertaken by Optus with the federal and state governments to deliver coverage in 21 locations across regional Queensland".
"We are pleased to be a part of the federal government’s Mobile Black Spot Program and to be able to deliver crucial telecommunications infrastructure to regional and remote areas across Australia.”
Optus said its facility is "co-located on the existing NBN Co tower on Careys Road".
Sheridan continued: “Optus remains committed to co- and individual investment across a range of townships and locations in regional Australia that helps us provide coverage and reach in areas that we otherwise may not have been able to.
“The government’s lead in this crucial program combined with specific regional investment by Optus is certainly being met with a welcome response by rural and remote communities."
Optus reports having invested "$9.5 million to deliver 20 new mobile sites across Warwick, the Darling Downs and Toowoomba over the last 12 months. Over 120 new mobile phone towers have been switched on in regional Australia over the past two years".
Sheridan added: “Optus is committed to delivering competition and choice for the bush."
Separately, Optus notes its confirmation of "additional blackspot sites earmarked to come online soon in central Queensland, including three satellite small cells in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park".
Satellite cells provide a cost-effective and flexible alternative to a traditional mobile tower, using satellite connectivity and backhaul to deliver mobile coverage to a concentrated local area
Regional Communications Minister Senator Fiona Nash said: “The Coalition understands the importance of mobile coverage for business, tourism, agriculture and keeping in touch with family and friends.
“The Mobile Black Spot Program will deliver better mobile coverage to people in rural, regional and remote Australia, and I’m delighted that Optus has been able to hit the ground running in its delivery of these improvements.
“When government invests in regional communities, it gives those communities confidence.
“The best results are always achieved working in partnership and that’s what we’ve done – with state and territory governments, local councils, community organisations, local businesses and the major telcos,” Nash said.