More of Australia is set to benefit from new and improved mobile coverage under Round 5A of the Mobile Black Spot Program.
23 July 2021

67 new mobile base stations will be delivered under Round 5A of the Government's $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program, bringing the total number of base stations funded under the program to more than 1,270.

The new mobile base stations will address coverage issues across regional and remote Australia, including in natural disaster prone areas and along major highways.

The round is also funding three trials that will test ways that Mobile Network Operators can roll out shared mobile infrastructure to reduce costs and provide new coverage from more than one carrier.

This includes a trial solution consisting of a cluster of seven base stations from Thargomindah to Waihora in Queensland that will provide neutral hosting services, as well as two other solutions supporting domestic roaming.

Neutral hosting will allow multiple Mobile Network Operators to use the same base station to deliver services to their customers under commercial agreements with the neutral host operator.

The 67 base stations funded under Round 5A across regional and remote Australia, will collectively deliver over 12,000 square kilometres of new and improved handheld coverage.

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