We marked a significant milestone in our involvement in the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program this week when we switched on the 400th base station in Upper Chittering, Western Australia.

With more than 400 base stations active, tens of thousands of people can now access the latest technologies across regional and rural communities to connect with friends and family in exciting new ways. The announcement comes just over a month after we switched on our 350th base station, with the rate of deployment demonstrating our commitment to the program.

So far, more than 60 million calls have been made over the new base stations we built as part of Mobile Black Spot Program, showing how important connectivity is to regional and remote communities.

Mobile coverage also brings a range of additional benefits to communities beyond making calls, and communities have jumped at the chance to use Telstra’s data services. From video chatting with family far away to using the latest in-home technology, mobile coverage is at the core of the modern, connected way of life.

More than 2,500 terabytes of data have been downloaded in the 400 areas receiving new and improved mobile coverage through the Mobile Black Spot Program – that’s the equivalent of people downloading more than half a million HD movies or 700 million songs.

Telstra is building more than 650 new mobile base stations through the three rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program. That’s more than double the commitment of all other carriers combined and represents a total Telstra investment of $260 million.

We continue to switch on base stations at pace, and since 14 March 2018, we’ve switched on 38 base stations, bringing new and improved mobile coverage to:

New South Wales Queensland Victoria Western Australia
Mayfield Haden-Maclagan Road Mirboo Broomehill Village
Pinkett Jobson Road Tallangatta Valley Konnongorring
Rockley Gargett Macks Creek Baudin
Porters Retreat Yerra Cudgewa Upper Chittering
Nymboida Darnley Island Tallangatta South Coondle
Possum Creek Warrego Highway McMahons Creek Marchagee
Stanhope Highlands Shamrock Road
Ballimore Denver South Yelbini
Dalton Waroona North
Numeralla West Tambellup
Girvan Tenindewa Yuna Road

We have a long and proud history of investing in regional Australia and over the previous three financial years have invested $2.2 billion in our regional mobile network so more Australians can experience a connected world that supports their way of life.Our contribution to the Mobile Black Spot Program complements the direct investment we have made in building Australia’s largest and fastest mobile network and together these investments have now extended our national coverage beyond the 2.5M sq. km barrier.

Mobile Black Spot - 400th base station in Upper Chittering