The Government has announced $25 million for a new round to address more black spots in regional and remote areas.
10 June 2018
More communities across regional and remote Australia will receive new or improved mobile coverage, under a fourth round of the Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.
The new round will focus on driving improved outcomes for regional businesses and residents, tourism, health, education and emergency services.
Mobile network operators will have an opportunity in the second half of this year to apply for round four funding through a competitive tender process.
Input will also be sought from community organisations and state and local government to ensure black spot locations that will provide strong economic benefits are considered.
To date, the Government’s commitment to expanding mobile coverage has leveraged a total investment of more than $680 million, including funding from state and local governments, and the mobile network operators.
The program is already well over half way complete and on track to deliver 867 base stations nationwide by June 2019.