Mobile phone ser­vice is fi­nally com­ing to Howqua

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE - By RHYLL McCORMACK

TELSTRA has con­firmed it is run­ning be­hind sched­ule in bring­ing mobile phone ser­vice to res­i­dents at Howqua, but it has promised there will be r ecep­tion by early May this year.

The Howqua In­let phone tower was orig­i­nally sched­uled to be up and run­ning by the first quar­ter of 2017.

With t oday ( Wed­nes­day, March 29) mark­ing al­most the month’s end, there is yet to be any mobile ser­vice avail­able to those who live in the area.

How­ever, Telstra area gen­eral man­ager, Steve Tinker, said work was well un­der­way with con­struc­tion due to start shortly.

“Sig­nif­i­cant work has been oc­cur­ring be­hind the scenes, in­clud­ing site ac­qui­si­tion, de­sign plan­ning, the for­mu­la­tion and de­vel­op­ment of plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions and work­ing with lo­cal coun­cils to get the best out­come for every­body,” he ex­plained.

“We ex­pect to be­gin con­struc­tion of the Howqua In­let mobile base sta­tion in the next cou­ple of weeks and ex­pect to de­liver mobile cov­er­age to the com­mu­nity around late April to early May.”

The Howqua In­let tower is one of a num­ber of lo­ca­tions in the Mans­field re­gion that will ben­e­fit from ex­panded cov­er­age un­der the Mobile Black Spot Pro­gram.

Other ar­eas in­clude Sawmill Set­tle­ment, Gough’s Bay, Tolmie, An­cona, Enochs Point, Woods Points and Archer­ton.

“Once com­plete, the Howqua In­let mobile base sta­tion will de­liver 3G and 4G mobile cov­er­age to a large part of the area for the first time, al­low­ing lo­cals to keep in con­tact with fam­ily and friends and run their busi­nesses more ef­fec­tively, whether it’s chat­ting on the phone or us­ing a range of on­line ser­vices over our fast mobile net­work,” Mr Tinker said.

“As the first car­rier to bring 4G mobile ser­vices to re­gional Aus­tralia, we know how im­por­tant high-speed mobile can be to sup­port­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses and we are ex­cited to ex­tend this even fur­ther to more Aus­tralians.”

For more de­tails on where the mobile black spots are lo­cated in the Mans­field Shire visit www.telstra.com.au

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