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What is the Mobile Coverage Programme?

The Mobile Coverage Programme is an Australian Government initiative to extend mobile phone coverage and competition in regional, remote and outer metropolitan areas. The programme will invest in telecommunications network infrastructure to improve mobile phone coverage and competition in the provision of these services.

How much funding has been committed to the programme?

The Government has committed $100 million (GST exclusive) over four years to the delivery of the Mobile Coverage Programme. The Government's investment is expected to generate an additional $100 million of funding from industry, local and state governments, and communities.

There are two components: the $80 million Mobile Network Expansion Project and the $20 million Mobile Black Spots Project.

What is the aim of the Mobile Network Expansion Project?

The $80 million Mobile Network Expansion Project will improve mobile coverage along major transport routes, in small communities and in areas that are prone to experiencing natural disasters.

What is the aim of the Mobile Black Spots Project?

The $20 million Mobile Black Spots Project will improve mobile coverage in locations with unique coverage problems, such as areas with high demand for services during seasonal holiday periods.

How many mobile phone towers will the programme provide?

The Mobile Coverage Programme is expected to provide around 250-300 new or upgraded mobile base stations across Australia, depending on the level of co-contributions that can be attracted.

What are the next steps?

The Government is currently considering the submissions received through the recent consultation process and intends to commence a competitive selection process in mid-2014 once the design of the programme is finalised.

How can I notify the Government of a mobile black spot?

You can report a regional, remote or outer metropolitan location with poor or non-existent mobile coverage, in the following ways:

The Government is developing a database of locations which have been reported as having poor or no mobile coverage.

Can I register to receive information about the programme?

Yes, you can register to receive information about the programme by emailing the Department of Communications at mobilecoverage@communications.gov.au and request to be added to the mailing list to receive programme updates.

What was the purpose of the discussion paper?

The purpose of the Mobile Coverage Programme discussion paper was to obtain the views of stakeholders, including communities, industry, state and local governments, businesses and other interested stakeholders, on the best way to deliver the programme.

The closing date for lodging submissions was Friday 28 February 2014.

Who do I contact about the programme?

Enquiries about the Mobile Coverage Programme can be emailed to the Department of Communications at mobilecoverage@communications.gov.au.

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