Mobile phone service is finally coming to Howqua
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