A further $160 million is being invested in two new funding rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program.
20 March 2019
Reliable mobile coverage is set to reach thousands more Australians in regional and remote areas with an additional $160 million to be invested in two new funding rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program. This brings the Government's total program funding commitment to $380 million.
The new rounds follow the announcement of successful Round 4 applications, which will deliver a total of 180 new base stations. This includes 73 base stations which will specifically target coverage issues at public interest premises such as tourist sites and emergency facilities.
The first four rounds of the program is funding the delivery of 1047 new base stations across Australia and has generated over $760 million of new investment in mobile infrastructure including contributions from state and local governments, mobile network operators, businesses and community organisations.
Base stations under the first three rounds are scheduled to be operational by 30 June 2019. Round 4 base stations are expected to roll out shortly with the first new base stations being activated in the second half of the year.
The Government anticipates that the Round 5 Guidelines will be available shortly.