Australian telecommunication service provider Telstra plans to invest more than $160 million for a massive modernization of the mobile networks in VIctoria. It is estimated that there would be 600 mobile network projects across Victoria to be carried out in 2019.
The modernization of the mobile networks will help to eliminate mobile black spots, improve data speeds and capacity. Telstra’s mobile subscribers in the south-eastern state of Victoria can enjoy uninterrupted mobile services. Mobile stations connected with optical fiber cables to provide high-capacity, high-speed back-end support can ensure forward speeds.
More than half of this investment is in regional areas, with $11 million for 26 mobile network projects in the Bendigo region alone, including upgrades in areas such as Kangaroo Flat, Epsom and Eaglehawk. New jobs will be created in these regions directly and indirectly related to these projects. Telstra’s mobile network modernization projects will thus act as a catalyst for economic growth.
Telstra has now constructed 128 mobile base stations in Victoria itself through the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program. 22 more stations are nearing completion in the coming months.
Telstra CEO, Andy Penn announced in Ballarat about an investment of more than $20 million to complete 74 mobile network projects in and around Ballarat and South West and Western Victoria.
CEO Andy Penn stated;
“This investment will mean new mobile base station developments at Delacombe adding new mobile coverage, and upgrades at Sebastopol, Wendouree, Canadian, Alfredton and Redan that will mean increased capacity delivering faster and more reliable data speeds for customers using our network,”
“Further south, this investment is also boosting our mobile network capacity in regional holiday hotspots on the coast in areas such as Ocean Grove and Torquay, as well as delivering improved coverage in Anglesea”.
“As people are increasingly using mobile-connected devices for business and personal use, it’s more important than ever we bring the best possible network experience we can to regional areas.”
“The Mobile Black Spot Program demonstrates what can happen when business co-invests with communities and governments to expand coverage areas where it may otherwise be uneconomical”
“The program has meant local communities like Blackwood, Leonards Hill, Dereel and Bullarto are all benefitting from coverage where previously there was none.
“Nationally we have constructed more than 530 of over 650 mobile base stations committed.”
”As these regional Victorian cities continue to grow, the importance of reliable connectivity can’t be understated as more people make use of their time to stay connected, while commuting on the train,”
“We now have more than 200 5G-enabled sites in all major cities and some regional centres across the country – the first provider to do so. Over the coming months Telstra will continue expanding its 5G coverage with plans to roll out the technology and grow coverage to more cities, regional centres and high traffic areas.”
Telstra’s mobile network is supported by more than 2300 mobile base stations in Victoria alone, covering 99.9 percent of the Victorian population. In August last year, Telstra announced it had started switching on 5G technology, making Australia’s largest and fastest* mobile network the first in the country to be 5G ready.