Over 700 mobile base stations have now been delivered under the Mobile Black Spot Program.
16 July 2019
These new base stations are delivering improved mobile coverage to Australians living in rural and remote parts of the country, helping them to connect and boosting the regional economy.
Under the first 4 rounds of the program, the Government's commitment has generated over $760 million of investment across Australia, particularly in areas where building telecommunications infrastructure would otherwise have been commercially unviable.
The program is supported by co-contributions from state and local governments, mobile network operators, businesses and local communities.
Telstra this week activated its 600th mobile base station under the program, with the remainder delivered by Optus and Vodafone.
The first four rounds is funding the delivery of 1047 new base stations.
In March this year an additional $160 million for a further 2 rounds of the program was announced as part of the Government's response to the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review.
The Guidelines for Round 5 were released in April. Mobile network operators and infrastructure providers have until 26 September 2019 to submit their applications.