Telstra to build 23 mobile stations in WA

22/03/2019 - 12:11

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Telstra will build 23 of the 26 new mobile base stations and small cells to be delivered in Western Australia, as part of the fourth round of a government initiative to improve mobile coverage in regional and remote communities.

Telstra will build 131 of the 180 new mobile base stations across Australia.

Telstra will build 23 of the 26 new mobile base stations and small cells to be delivered in Western Australia, as part of the fourth round of a government initiative to improve mobile coverage in regional and remote communities.

Under round four, $14.6 million will be invested in mobile infrastructure in WA, which includes $4.3 million funding from the federal government and another $4.3 million from the state government.

This includes base stations in locations such as Arrowsmith East, Ngurrawaana, Tampu and at the Tjukayirla Roadhouse.

Across the country, round four will deliver 180 new mobile base stations, with 49 to be built by Optus and 131 by Telstra.

Telstra will invest $23.3 million of the $55.6 million investment required for the new sites.

The $380 million program will have six rounds in total and deliver 1,047 new mobile base stations.

So far, Telstra has built more than 550 of the stations.

Base stations under the first three rounds are scheduled to be operational by June 30 2019.

Round four base stations are expected to roll out shortly, with the first new base stations being activated by the second half of this year.

Telstra chief executive Andrew Penn said the use of small cell technology was an innovative, cost-effective approach to fixing black spots.

“A small cell is a miniature version of a standard mobile base station and Telstra is using the technology to cost effectively deliver 4G coverage to areas where existing coverage is minimal or not available," he said.

“Mobile coverage means people and businesses in regional and remote communities can do things many in the city take for granted.”

Regional Services Minister Bridget McKenzie said reliable and effective mobile communications were a key driver of the contribution regional areas made to Australia’s economic growth.

“Greater availability of mobile services is a big deal,” she said.

“It means staying safe in remote areas, keeping in contact with family and friends, unlocking access to online health and education services as well as increased tourism and business opportunities.”

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