OPTUS HEADED FOR THE WEST
New mobile sites planned for Charleville
OPTUS is hoping to improve mobile coverage in western Queensland with the installation of 22 new mobile sites.
Charleville is included under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program and is set to see the completion of a new site in the coming months.
Optus coverage will be extended by over 600km across the Cunningham, Warrego, Carnarvon and Castlereagh Highways.
Currently, 14 sites have been completed, with another eight sites to follow by June.
Sites still to be completed include North Charleville, Charleville Central, Mangalore, Wyandra, and Lonsome.
Augethella, Barcoola Homestead, Mitchell, Lurnea, Morven and Mungallala have already been completed.
Optus Manager of Mobile Access Planning Vin Mullins said they are proud to connect these iconic stretches of highway in Western Queensland.
“We’re continually working to connect regional Australia and these 22 new sites will result in significant network coverage expansion and improvement to our customers’ experience,” he said.
“We’re also looking forward to working with Governments on the continued roll out of the Mobile Black Spot Program and thank all Governments for investing in such a crucial program.”
The Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Fiona Nash, welcomed Optus’ investment, and in relation to the Mobile Black Spot Program sites stated: “In total, Rounds 1 and 2 of the Coalition’s Program will deliver new coverage to 32,000 homes and businesses across 86,000 square kilometres including 7600 of major transport routes via 765 new mobile phone towers,” Minister Nash said.
“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and better mobile phone coverage is a big part of that.”
“Providing mobile coverage at key points along remote roads is important for both locals and tourists alike.”