Optus seeks to construct new towers
Karratha Optus customers may soon be receiving improved internet and mobile coverage as Optus negotiates with the council to construct two new communication towers.
An Optus spokesman said the company was working to improve services in the Pilbara.
“Optus has commenced consultation with the City of Karratha on a proposal to undertake mobile tower work to boost coverage in Baynton and Bulgarra,” the spokesman said.
“In assessing places for new mobile sites, Optus uses customer feedback and our own analysis to identify the best locations for improved voice and data services for local mobile customers.”
The sites under consideration are 100m from the existing Telstra tower adjacent to Bulgarra Oval and 30m from the second Telstra tower at the Karratha cemetery in Baynton.
The City of Karratha is working with Optus to decide on a lease agreement.
Optus was initially planning to co-locate their communication equipment with the Telstra infrastructure.
However, Telstra denied their request, claiming their towers could not accommodate the equipment of both providers.