182 new base stations to keep regional Australians connected
More Australians living in the regions will benefit from new and improved mobile coverage under Round 5 of the Mobile Black Spot Program.
21 April 2020
182 new base stations will be delivered under Round 5 of the Government’s $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program, bringing the total number of base stations funded under the program to 1,229.
Together with co-contributions from the funding recipients and state governments, Round 5 will deliver more than $73 million in new infrastructure investment, including $34 million in Commonwealth funding.
The Mobile Black Spot Program has now delivered over 800 mobile base stations nationally and generated over $836 million of new investment in mobile infrastructure.
The improved coverage delivered by the program is helping regional Australians to stay connected from home, access education and health services, and continue to conduct business, as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold.
The Round 5 rollout is expected to commence shortly, with the first new base stations planned to be activated later this year.
The Government will shortly release a discussion paper to consult on options for the design of the next round of the program. This round will use the uncommitted Round 5 funds to continue to expand and improve mobile coverage in regional and remote Australia.