Wednesday, 22 November 2017 05:10

Remote Queensland town Gregory gets mobile coverage

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Workers from Telstra have scaled a 100-metre high transmission tower to install equipment that will provide mobile coverage to the remote Gulf town of Gregory.

The company provided drone vision (see video below) of the two workers ascending the tower to add the equipment that is now delivering 3G and superfast 4GX services to the town.

The work at Gregory is one of 577 new mobile base stations being built by Telstra across regional and rural Australia under the federal government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme.

Telstra Country Wide area general manager Rachel Cliffe said: “This is a significant moment for our customers in Gregory who have had their call for better mobile coverage answered.

“The growing use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets is changing the way we live and we are acutely aware of the challenges facing communities living with limited access to a mobile network, especially remote communities like Gregory.

“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.

“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.”

Telstra wireless rigger Ryan Duncis was among the crew who helped deliver coverage to Gregory.

“The job takes me to some of the most remote locations in the country, where the nearest neighbour is often a cloud,” he said.

“The Mobile Black Spot Programme is a game changer for people living in regional Australia. I’m really proud to be able to say that I’m part of a team that builds infrastructure in some of the country’s most remote communities.

“This project was a big job, involving installing eight radio dishes and four OMNI antennas for the mobile base station as well as more than a kilometre of RF feeder cable. We also had to upgrade the power at two locations to ensure the site could deliver the new coverage."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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