Tel­stra to erad­i­cate mid­lands black spot

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

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.”

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