Tuesday, 25 August 2020 10:59

Telstra completes $5.2 million network upgrade on Tasmania’s west coast Featured

Telstra tower at town of Tullah on Tasmania's west coast Telstra tower at town of Tullah on Tasmania's west coast

Telstra has completed a $5.2 million upgrade of its network on Tasmania’s west coast, with the project completed more than a year ahead of schedule.

Telstra Area General Manager, Tasmania Michael Patterson said the upgrade would bring “fast and reliable coverage” to Tasmania’s west coast, with the town of Tullah, “now enjoying dedicated Telstra mobile coverage for the first time thanks to a new 4GX tower, allowing the peaceful former mining town and its 150 residents to connect with the future”.

Patterson said the town of Tullah, Tasmania is now enjoying “dedicated Telstra mobile coverage for the first time thanks to a new 4GX tower, allowing the peaceful former mining town and its 150 residents to connect with the future”.

Writing in his blog on the Telstra website, Patterson said the towns of Waratah and Savage River are also enjoying “faster coverage thanks to 4GX upgrades to their mobile towers” and “Zeehan and Strahan are also feeling the digital love thanks to upgraded radio transmission links that boost mobile performance”.

“We’re thrilled to provide the first dedicated Telstra mobile site in Tullah. The upgrades to other nearby towns are also a boon for digital inclusion and productivity for the Apple Isle,” Patterson said.

“And to boot, the project was completed more than a year ahead of schedule, meaning we’re able to bring the improvements Western Tassie needs sooner than ever.

Patterson says the project involved key upgrades and delivery of important infrastructure including a new transmission ring between Launceston and Burnie to boost resilience, new fibre and capacity from Burnie to Queenstown and new radio links into Zeehan, Strahan, Tullah and Waratah to more than double the existing capacity.

“This project is about more than just faster mobile speeds though – it’s about building more capacity, reliability and resilience into the network, so that we’ve created a real platform for future growth to cater for increasing demand,” Patterson said.

“The project was carried out with the Federal Government and it also marks a new, unique partnership with TasNetworks, as we utilise its 42-24 fibre network to boost capacity along Tasmania’s west coast for better east-to-west connectivity.

“We can’t wait to see what locals do with the incredible new connectivity now available in the area, to bring the promise of the digital economy to life for these communities.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a 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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