Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Senator the Hon Fiona Nash

Minister for Regional Communications

Deputy Leader of the Nationals

Mobile Black Spot Programme rollout schedule updated on new website

16 March 2016

Rural and Regional Australians will now be able to access up-to-date information on the rollout of round 1 of the Coalition Government's $160 million Mobile Black Spot Programme.

A new website, launched by Telstra, provides detail on the construction status and timing of the 429 new or upgraded mobile base stations being constructed by Telstra under the programme.

The website provides an indicative activation schedule for individual base stations, presented on a national map. The website includes a 'Frequently Asked Questions' section, providing members of the public with useful information on how Telstra is conducting the rollout.

Users can find a range of data on a specific construction site, or search for base stations which have been funded under the programme in their local area. Data on construction and activation progress will be regularly updated.

Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash said that the new website will allow rural and regional Australians to keep updated on the rollout of the Mobile Black Spot Programme.

"This new website will provide rural and regional Australians with information about how the Coalition Government and Telstra are dramatically improving mobile phone reception in the bush," Minister Nash said.

"The Mobile Black Spot Programme is the biggest boost to mobile phone reception across regional areas delivered by a single public funding programme in the history of mobile communications in Australia."

The launch of the new website follows the Coalition Government's recent announcement of the first 78 mobile base stations funded under round 1 of the programme scheduled to be activated by the end of June 2016.

The Coalition Government committed $100 million to round 1 of the programme, which will deliver 499 new or upgraded mobile base stations across Australia. The Commonwealth funding commitment was supplemented by co-contributions from Telstra ($165 million) and Vodafone ($20 million), as well as substantial co-contributions from State and local governments and third parties. Overall, round 1 of the programme will see more than $385 million invested to improve mobile phone services in rural and regional Australia.

The Coalition Government has committed an additional $60 million for round 2 of the programme and a competitive selection process for round 2 commenced on 26 February. The locations of new or upgraded base stations to be funded under round 2 are expected to be announced by the end of 2016.

Telstra's new mobile black spot website is available at www.telstra.com/blackspots

For more information about the Mobile Black Spot Programme visit www.communications.gov.au/mobile_coverage

Media Contact: Les White | 0409 805 122 | les.white@regional.gov.au

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