OP­TUS HEADED FOR THE WEST

New mo­bile sites planned for Charleville

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Diony­sius sarah.diony­sius@west­ern­starnews.com

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.”

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