Sunday, 21 February 2016 15:59

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Mobile phone coverage in rural areas is patchy at best. Vodafone has announced twelve more areas will soon be added to its coverage.

The 12 sites that Vodafone will complete by July 2016 are spread throughout regional New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania.

Vodafone’s Chief Strategy Officer, Dan Lloyd, said Vodafone is a big supporter of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme. “We believe the Mobile Black Spot Programme is a great way to encourage competition and choice of mobile provider, which is something many Australians in regional and rural areas have never experienced,” he said.

“We successfully bid for 70 sites throughout Australia as part of the programme and these sites, along with other considerable network investments, have put us in a position to offer a serious alternative for regional mobile customers,” he added.

Mr Lloyd also noted that a recent study by the Centre of Independent Economics shows that Australians are paying billions of dollars every year due to a lack of competition in the telco industry.

“An independent report recently found Australians are paying a $3.1 billion premium every year for telco services due to a lack of choice and competition. The brunt of this is being borne by regional Australia, which is simply not fair.”

Vodafone is investing heavily in regional communities, including launching a partnership with the National Farmers’ Federation , opening new stores and expanding network coverage.

The 12 Vodafone sites that will be completed by July are:

Site

Electorate

State

Site

Electorate

State

Manildra

Calare

NSW

Manna Mountain

Parkes

NSW

Cargo

Calare

NSW

Buckland

Lyons

TAS

Molong

Calare

NSW

Bothwell

Lyons

TAS

Elsmore

New England

NSW

Swansea

Lyons

TAS

Invergowrie

New England

NSW

Capricorn Highway

Flynn

QLD

White Rock Mountain

New England

NSW

Cooyar

Maranoa

QLD

 


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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