Top reception for increased NT coverage
PEOPLE in regional and remote areas now have greater access to mobile phone coverage, with Optus announcing 20 new mobile sites across the Northern Territory.
The move has reduced the number of “black spots” in the Territory by providing numerous communities and tourist destinations with their first dedicated source of mobile coverage.
Optus manager of network planning Vin Mullins said the expansion in the NT highlighted the importance of continued investment in regional Australia.
“We’ve had lots of feedback from customers saying they wanted to see more coverage along the Stuart Highway and in tourist hot spots so we are thrilled to announce the 20 sites which add to Optus’s existing network,” he said.
The 20 satellite small cell
“Having increased mobile coverage in the Territory is certainly something that is very important”
OPTUS’S VIN MULLINS
sites are a combination of Optus network investment and co-funding with Federal and Territory Government through the Mobile Black Spot Program.
Of the 20 sites, 12 have been launched via Optus’s standalone network investment program and eight as part of the Mobile Black Spot Program.
“We are pleased to be a part of the Federal Government’s program and to be able to deliver crucial telecommunications infrastructure to regional and remote areas across the Territory,” Mr Mullins said.
NT Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said the increased network provision opened up the mobile market for Optus mobile users as well as general users for data coverage.
Curtin Springs, Elliott, Kings Canyon Resort, Gem Tree, Daly Waters and Barrow Creek are among the locations to benefit, with more to receive coverage in the next six months.
Simpsons Gap Visitor Centre and Ormiston Ranger Station will receive mobile services under the Optus stand-alone network investment program and the Mobile Black Spot program will fund sites at Aurora Kakadu, Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and Litchfield Park Rd.
“Having increased mobile coverage in the Territory is certainly something that is very important, especially if people need to make a vital call in case of an emergency,” Mr Mullins said.