Mo­bile cov­er­age in­creases across Qld

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

RE­GIONAL com­mu­ni­ties across Queens­land will ben­e­fit from im­proved mo­bile phone cov­er­age with 39 4G small cells to be in­stalled over the next year, Min­is­ter for In­no­va­tion, Science and the Dig­i­tal Econ­omy Leeanne Enoch an­nounced.

Ms Enoch said the 4G cells are among up to 50 se­cured through the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s co-fund­ing ar­range­ment with Tel­stra for round one of the Mo­bile Black Spot Pro­gram.

“Mo­bile phone black spots have been a huge con­cern for many re­gional com­mu­ni­ties, with poor cov­er­age pre­sent­ing se­ri­ous safety con­cerns,” Ms Enoch said.

“From farm and road ac­ci­dents to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, bush­fires and floods, it is crit­i­cal we stay con­nected.

“Lo­cal busi­nesses are also hurt­ing, so with this be­ing Queens­land Small Busi­ness Week, the new 4G cells will not only boost phone cov­er­age but con­fi­dence lev­els.”

A small cell is a minia­ture ver­sion of a stan­dard mo­bile base sta­tion. Each small cell will pro­vide 4G con­nec­tiv­ity over about 200–300m.

The 4G small cells will de­liver cov­er­age to hun­dreds more premises – and are in ad­di­tion to 144 mo­bile base sta­tions se­cured un­der the state’s co-in­vest­ment in the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s Mo­bile Black Spot Pro­gram.

For in­for­ma­tion and a map of 4G small cell and mo­bile base sta­tions visit www.qld .gov.au/Mo­bile Cov­er­age.

The 39 new lo­ca­tions are: Ween­gal­lon, Wal­lum­billa, Home­stead, Thar­go­min­dah, Ridge­wood, Can­non Val­ley, Nobby, Buxton, Delta, Brook­stead, South Kolan, Inker­min, Flag­stone Creek, Bur­nett Heads, Wood­stock, Forest Hill, Rosedale, Bran­don, Acland, Bororen, For­rest Beach, Bowenville, Comet, Kennedy, Su­rat, Ridge­lands, El Ar­ish, Bri­ga­low, Tanby, Babinda, Peach­ester, Capella, Mount Al­ford, Conon­dale, Yaka­pari, Kerry, Kumbia, Pent­land, and Cun­gulla.

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