Coverage in Kongwak

RESIDENTS, businesses and visitors in Kongwak are benefitting from new and improved mobile coverage on Australia’s largest mobile network under the Mobile Black Spot Program.

The area is one of 577 mobile coverage black spots across regional and rural Australia benefitting from expanded 3G/4G mobile coverage provided by Telstra through the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

“We’ve got three mobile towers put in around the region already which is fantastic,” McMillan MP Russell Broadbent said.

“There will always be areas in Gippsland where there’s going to be limited coverage, we know that.

“But the government really has extended itself which are promises we made before the election campaign.

“Coupling with NBN has made a great help too.”

Telstra area general manager Loretta Willaton the growing use of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets was changing the way people lived, and Telstra was committed to helping communities living with limited access to a mobile network.

“Expanding coverage to the region ensures locals can keep in contact with family and friends and run their businesses more effectively, whether it’s chatting on the phone or using a range of online services over our fast mobile network,” she said.

“As the first carrier to bring 4G mobile services to regional Australia, we know how important high speed mobile can be to supporting local communities and businesses and we are excited to extend this even further to more Australians.”

Over the next two years, Telstra will be upgrading or building mobile base stations in black spots across regional Australia.

The switch-on of Kongwak follows improved services at Sandy Point, Dumbalk and Strzelecki with Dumbalk North, Mount Eccles and Mirboo to follow in the coming months.

On average over the past 10 years, approximately 15 percent of Telstra’s mobile network capital expenditure was made in remote and very remote parts of Australia, where approximately two percent of the nation’s population lives.

In addition to the new mobile base stations, Telstra is continuing to install up to 250 small cells to deliver high speed 4G data services in some small country towns where suitable Telstra infrastructure is available.

Reception boost: Telstra community engagement manager Garry Austin met with McMillan MP Russell Broadbent in Kongwak after Telstra built a mobile base station tower to service the town.

Short URL: http://thestar.com.au/?p=22065

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