We know increased mobile coverage is a priority for both consumers and businesses in regional Australia, and we know everyone loves to be able to use their phones on their daily commute.

For commuters along the New South Wales Central Coast, the challenging terrain means patchy mobile coverage in some sections leading to an inconsistent and frustrating experience for those wanting to respond to emails, stream videos or post on social media.

Telstra, together with the NSW and Federal Government, will soon commence an initiative to improve mobile network coverage on the Central Coast rail corridor.

Telstra is contributing more than $13 million as part of this joint initiative, which will see new mobile infrastructure built between Hornsby and Wyong – around 68 kilometres of train tracks – as well as deliver Wi-Fi at train stations along the rail corridor.

The landscape between Hornsby and Wyong stations is some of the most rugged along the NSW rail network, and the tunnels, mountains and national parks in the surrounding area make building mobile infrastructure in the area particularly complex.

This will soon change. Construction activities have commenced with mobile coverage improvements and Wi-Fi connectivity to be progressively delivered over the coming months.

Our investment in this initiative will see us delivering connectivity to over 90% of this rail corridor so Telstra customers can make the most of their commute.

We have already made significant network investments along numerous Australian rail links, extending our 4GX footprint as part of our ongoing commitment to regional Australia. We are proud to be working with the NSW Government to help bring this project to life.