Thursday, 04 April 2019 11:42

Optus overcomes blackspot problem to deliver mobile coverage to Pomonal

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Australia’s second largest telco, Optus, has switched on a new tower in Pomonal in regional Victoria as it continues to provide dedicated mobile phone coverage in more areas as part of its mobile blackspot program.

Optus says the site will play a key role in providing dedicated mobile reception to more than 300 residents in the town and along both the Ararat-Halls Gap Road and Pomonal Road for the first time.

Optus Mobile Access Planning manager, Vin Mullins, said, “It’s fantastic to be able to deliver dedicated Optus mobile coverage to the Pomonal community for the first time, enabling residents to stay connected with their friends and family through reliable voice and data access.

“This tower was included as part of the program following feedback from the local council and community, to improve mobile coverage that will help with emergencies and local tourism.”

Mullins says that with tourism hotspot Halls Gap located adjacent to Pomonal, the site will not only provide “dedicated coverage for those in town but also for visitors traveling through the region”.

“Optus is pleased to be partnering with the Victorian Government, working to identify key mobile blackspots across regional Victoria and bringing dedicated mobile coverage to these towns for the first time,” Mullins added.

He said Optus continued to invest in its network to improve coverage, reliability and speed across Australia.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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