Top re­cep­tion for in­creased NT cov­er­age

NT News - - NEWS - IS­ABELLA HOOD

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.

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“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.

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