Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Senator the Hon Fiona Nash

Minister for Regional Communications

Deputy Leader of the Nationals

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

Media  Contacts:

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

Brett Chant  | 0477 744 614 | brett.chant@regional.gov.au

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