Op­tus seeks to con­struct new tow­ers

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

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.

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