Telstra to eradicate midlands black spot
AN area of the southern midlands near Oatlands is getting improved mobile coverage.
The Whitefoord area will receive expanded 3G/4G coverage from Telstra through the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot program.
Telstra’s rollout of the program involves co-investment of more than $486 million in regional and rural Australia, with $228 million from Telstra, $134 million from the Federal Government and tens of millions more from state and local governments.
Telstra Tasmania area manager Michael Patterson said the black spot program was scheduled to last another two years.
The switch-on of Whitefoord closely follows Eggs and Bacon Bay, which was switched on in early April and “small cells” at Colebrook, financed by the Mobile Black Spot program, and Oatlands (financed by Telstra).
“We expect to have more than 200 new mobile base stations online in rural and regional locations before the end of the year,” Mr Patterson said this week.
“We also expect to integrate another three sites selected under round two into our schedule soon.”