Now that round 2 mobile black spot nominations have closed, here’s what you need to know about the next stage of the programme.
20 January 2016
All the locations people have nominated across regional Australia as having poor or non-existent mobile coverage will be added to the Government’s database of reported locations.
In the coming weeks, the Government intends to release the round 2 programme guidelines, kicking off a competitive selection process with mobile network operators and infrastructure providers.
The operators will be asked to submit proposals to build new or upgraded mobile base stations to deliver improved mobile coverage to one or more of the locations in the database.
All proposed base stations in the operators’ applications will then be assessed and ranked by the programme guidelines’ assessment criteria.
Consideration will be given to the total cost of the base station, the amount of Commonwealth funding sought, operator co-contributions, and the amount of co-contribution, if any, from a third party (such as a state or local government).
Successful round 2 locations are expected to be announced before the end of 2016.
The full rollout of round 1 and 2 mobile base stations will take place over three years.