29 Jun Telstra Announces 429 Mobile Towers for Regional Australia
Telstra will be building more towers to expand their network footprint.
As part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program Telstra will assist in expanding mobile coverage in regional and remote Australia. Over the next three years 429 towers will be built with an additional 250 small cells offering 4G data only.
The Director of Networks at Telstra, Mike Wright, has made a statement on Telstra’s Exchange Blog.
Mobile connectivity has grown in importance as the combination of smart phones and tablets with increased mobile broadband speeds and capacity are changing the way we live and the availability of these services is often taken for granted in metropolitan locations. Mike Wright, Director of Networks, Telstra.
Mr Wright also stated that the investment into regional telecommunications, costing Telstra and the government over $340 million, would also benefit other carriers.
We will be offering other carriers the opportunity to use space on our towers to install their own equipment and offer services to their customers from these towers, in accordance with existing industry practices. Our competitors are well-resourced and free to invest in extending their networks into previously unserved regional areas. So this is not just good news for Telstra customers but an opportunity for all carriers to invest in expanding their coverage in regional Australia. Mike Wright, Director of Networks, Telstra.
The base stations will be placed in various locations across all states and territories excluding the Australian Capital Territory.
Telstra have also been working on ways to improve coverage in remote areas.
- Boomer Cells extend range from high powered towers.
- Signal repeaters such as the Telstra Mobile Smart Antenna are used to boost signals into homes and buildings.
- 4G Small Cells for small communities that offer localised 4G coverage.
- Blue Tick phones for better reception in low coverage areas.
- Solar powered mobile stations in areas without power.
More information on the Mobile Black Spot Program can be found on the Department of Communication’s website.
If you are having issues regarding coverage in your area please speak with us and we will be happy to assist.