A NEW base station, north of Gidgegannup, is a welcome addition to mobile coverage for residents, businesses and visitors in the area, according to Telstra area general manager Boyd Brown.
Mr Brown said due to Telstra’s rollout of the federal government’s mobile black spot program customers could now make and receive mobile calls and access high speed mobile broadband using the latest 3G and 4GX services.
“Mobile connectivity plays a major role in connecting friends and families, businesses, farms, tourist spots and essential services across regional Western Australia.
“Whether it’s a parent being able to call the kids, a small business taking a credit card payment for the first time or a local producer using sensors to run their farm more effectively, mobile connectivity is becoming increasingly important for growth and stability in regional areas,’’ he said.
Mr Brown said as well as delivering immediate benefits to the community, the new mobile base station at Gidgegannup readied the region for future rollouts of new technologies, such as 5G.
“We continue to invest more in building mobile networks in regional and rural communities than any other mobile network provider, and we offer more mobile coverage in more parts of Western Australia.’’
He said Telstra’s $260 million contribution to the mobile black spot program, more than double the commitment of all other carriers combined, complemented its own direct investment in building Australia’s biggest and fastest mobile network, which now covered more than 2.5 million square kilometres.
“We have a long and proud history of investing in regional Australia and over the previous three financial years have invested $2.2 billion in our regional mobile network so more Australians can experience a connected world that supports their way of life.’’
In addition to more than 650 mobile base stations to be delivered under the mobile black spot program, Telstra is continuing to install up to 250 small cells to deliver high speed 4G data services and mobile voice services for those with VoLTE enabled devices in some small country towns where suitable Telstra infrastructure is available.