We invest more in providing mobile coverage around the country than any other carrier and our mobile network reaches 99.4% of the population.

Partnerships with government and local communities are often a good way to extend coverage even further, especially in areas where a purely commercial investment may not stack up.

That is why we are proud to be building more than 650 new base stations under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program and why we are very pleased to announce a new partnership today with the Victorian Government to build 17 new base stations across the state.

Under the new agreement, we have been awarded more than $7 million in government funding towards the new base stations. We will match these funds, taking the investment to more the $14 million. In addition, we have committed up to $1 million to be used for the deployment of small cells and Telstra Go Repeaters to be installed across the State’s emergency service operation centres and vehicles.

Among the 17 new bases stations are Benloch East in the Macedon Ranges, Annuello in the Mallee, Cobungra in the Alpine National Park and Buckland Valley near Mt Buffalo. We will now commence the detailed planning and approvals process, with a view to connecting the sites by the end of December 2019.