A new base station has been officially unveiled near Coolamon as telcos work to fill in black spots in Australia’s mobile network.
“The new mobile base station at Old Wagga Road South delivers Telstra’s 3G and state of the art 4GX mobile data services to the area for the first time,” Telstra’s area general manager Chris Taylor said.
Telstra has also announced small cells – basically smaller versions of base stations – will be installed around Currawarna.
“We are proud to be part of this important initiative which extends the latest technologies across regional and rural communities, along major regional transport routes, and in locations prone to natural disasters,” said Mr Taylor.
Telstra is building a total of 577 new mobile base stations under round one and two of the federal government’s mobile black spot program.
Patchy mobile coverage has long been a concern for people living in regional and rural Australia.
The Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils (REROC) in 2017 began checking phone companies’ mobile phone coverage maps, in order to secure more blackspot funding from the federal government by presenting “real-world” data to MPs, who can use it to argue for more money.