Exactly 60 weeks ago, Telstra announced it would participate in one of the biggest ever expansions of mobile coverage in regional and rural Australia through the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme.

As part of Telstra’s ongoing commitment to local communities, that announcement detailed a plan to build 429 new 3G/4G base stations over approximately three years plus up to 250 4G small cells to a number of rural and regional communities, providing high speed mobile internet to locals.

Today we announced the new mobile base station at site number 60 has gone on air in Woolomin in New South Wales – making it Telstra’s 60th black spot program site in 60 weeks.

Under the Mobile Black Spot Programme, thousands of Australians that previously had little to no mobile reception can now access Telstra’s high speed mobile coverage, allowing them to connect with family, friends and clients as well as watch video on the go and run their businesses more effectively over fast 4G mobile broadband.

The 60 locations across Australia have resulted in more than 20,000 square kilometres of new and improved mobile coverage since the start of the Programme.

Not only that, we expect to activate base station number 100 before the end of 2016.

I’m really proud Telstra is involved in a program of this depth and scale, one that brings real benefits to communities across Australia.

This milestone is just another example of Telstra’s 100 year plus commitment to regional and rural Australia. Our mobile network already covers more than 2.4 million square kilometres, bringing the benefits of high speed mobile connectivity to hundreds of thousands of square kilometres of Australia not served by any other carrier. We are committed to continuing to expand that coverage across Australia.

The 60 locations are:
Araluen; Blue Mountains National Park South; Colo Heights; Clunes; Darbys Falls; Deniliquin; Drake; Hernani; Hillgrove; Kurrajong; Wentworth; Windellama; Woolomin; Boonah Rathdowney Road, between Boonah and Rathdowney; Burnett Highway, between Rockhampton and Biloela; Clarke Creek; Currumbin Creek Road; Eukey; Eulo; Forsayth; Greenvale; Kin Kin; Marlborough; Mount Mee; Quilpie, Diamantina Developmental Road; Toobeah; Widgee; Woolooga; Paruna; Austins Hill; Benambra; Blackwood; Boolite; Carlisle River; Chinkapook; Digby; Dumbalk; Gormandale; Guildford; Harrow; Kadnook; Kewell; Lalbert; Marnoo B; Muntham; Patchewollock; Pigeon Ponds; Saint Andrews; Sandy Point; Sheep Hills; Strzelecki; Werrimull; Wombelano; Youngvale; Ajana; Borden; Kununoppin; Naraling; and Popanyinning.

The Mobile Black Spot Programme involves investment of more than $340 million in regional Australia, with $165 million from Telstra, $94.8 million from the Federal Government and tens of millions in targeted additional funding from State and Local Governments.

You can keep track of Telstra’s rollout of the Mobile Black Spot Programme via the user-friendly Mobile Black Spot Locator: telstra.com/blackspots