Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:07

Optus improves Central NSW mobile services as blackspot program continues

Optus improves Central NSW mobile services as blackspot program continues Image Stuart Miles, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Optus has switched on its third mobile black spot site in Central NSW this financial year with a new tower located in Summer Hill Creek bringing improved access to mobile coverage in the region for residents and businesses.

The new tower located off Ophir Road is now providing over 70 square kilometres of new and enhanced coverage in the region, including a 12 kilometre stretch along Ophir Road.

“This is the third Mobile Black Spot that we have switched on in Central NSW this financial year. Together with the Federal and State Governments we recognise the need for improved telecommunication services across this region which is why we are committed to delivering a further five Mobile Black Spot sites within the Central NSW area in the next 18 months,” said Andrew Sheridan, Optus Vice President Regulatory and Public Affairs.

The new tower has been co-funded by Optus, the Federal and State Governments as part of round 2 of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, providing coverage for calls, text and data services across the network.

“Our priority is to enable Australians, no matter where they live, to reap the social and business benefits afforded by reliable mobile coverage, so it’s wonderful to be able to bring coverage to these regional communities,” Sheridan said.

“With more than 60 residential homes now covered by this site we have already seen more than 20,000 calls from more than 2100 individual users handled by the site since it was switched on last month.”

Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee said he was pleased local residents and businesses would now have better service in more locations.

“My constituents have raised the issue of poor service in the Summer Hill Creek area and I’m pleased to be part of a Government that is listening and delivering.

“The new mobile base station was completed by Optus and is the latest of 37 sites across Calare to receive new or improved mobile coverage under the program.

“The new tower is now providing over 70 square kilometres of new or improved coverage, which is great news for local residents, campers, bushwalkers and the Rural Fire Service.

“Not only will these towers make it easier for people to stay connected to family and friends, it will also make it easier to do business and access education.”

Opts has scheduled five upcoming Mobile Black Spot sites for the Central NSW region, including Cadia South, Johns Place, Sunny Corner, Rock Forrest and Yarras.


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