Mobile coverage increases across Qld
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.