The new site, co-funded by the Federal Government, is one of 17 Optus Mobile Black Spot sites now live across Queensland.
Optus says the tower, which is co-located on an NBN Co site on Kingaroy-Cooyar Road, will play a key role in providing enhanced coverage to over 200 local residents, with coverage stretching as far as 15 kilometres from the site.
Optus vice-president of Regulatory and Public Affairs, Andrew Sheridan, said, “This is a great moment for local residents as Optus delivers dedicated mobile coverage to the Maidenwell community for the first time, enabling residents to stay connected with their friends and family through reliable voice and data access.”
Federal Member for Maranoa, David Littleproud, says, “Improved mobile coverage for Maidenwell hands locals more choices in how they live their lives and, ultimately, gives people a great opportunity to not only stay up to speed with education, business, news and contacting loved ones but also calling for help in an emergency.
“I’m proud to be delivering better mobile coverage to Maranoa because better connections result in more convenience, better economic opportunities and improve social opportunities for people living in isolated areas.”
Optus says its network now handles more than 45 million calls and 80 million SMS messages each day and carries 6000 terabytes of data each week.