Optus joins Mobile Black Spot Program at William Creek
9 March 2017
- Optus turns on first mobile base station under round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Program
- Residents previously had no access to mobile services in the area
Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash has welcomed the new mobile base station for William Creek, South Australia, the first site switched on under round 2 of the Coalition Government's highly successful $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
“The Mobile Black Spot Program is providing better mobile coverage to people in rural, regional and remote Australia, and I'm delighted that Optus has launched out of the gate to deliver new mobile base stations under round 2,” Minister Nash said.
Under round 2, Optus will be building 114 mobile base stations across Australia to address identified mobile black spots and is contributing over $36 million of investment.
For the residents of William Creek, this is the first time the area has had access to any mobile reception. Residents, businesses and tourists will now be able to make calls and texts, and access 3G mobile data within the local area.
Located just over 1,000 kilometres from Adelaide and on the Oodnadatta Track leading to Lake Eyre, the remote nature of the region prevented many commercial mobile network operators from expanding their networks to the area.
The Coalition Government's Mobile Black Spot Program has made this possible for William Creek with co-investment from Optus and the South Australian Government.
“When Government invests in regional communities, it gives those communities confidence,” Minister Nash said.
The Coalition Government's $220 million commitment to improving mobile coverage in regional and remote locations of Australia is eliminating thousands of identified mobile black spots, enabling people living, working and travelling through these communities and surrounding regions access to vital communications services.
Together, rounds 1 and 2 of the Program are now delivering 765 new or improved mobile base stations across regional and remote Australia. A competitive process to allocate round 3 funding under the Program is expected to commence later this year.
More information about the Program and the rollout schedule is available at www.communications.gov.au/mobile_coverage
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