It’s been years in the making, but finally the wheels are in motion for three mobile phone blackspots nominated as priority locations by federal member for Grey Rowan Ramsey.
Last week Mr Ramsey announced that Robertstown, Bute and Alford would get macro base stations following an agreement with Telstra for joint funding, as part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program injecting 60 million dollars nationally to resolve coverage issued 125 Priority locations.
The funding also ensures that in the event of a blackout, at least 12 hours of backup power will be available to keep coverage running.
Telstra networks Managing Director Mike Wright has said in a Telstra Exchange Blog Post, ‘This represents a total Telstra investment [nationally] of AU$260 million, more than double the commitment of all the other carriers combined, to bring new coverage to regional and rural communities.’
The roll out of the new macro sites two of eight in South Australia, is expected to be complete by the end of the year.