Telstra joins Victorian Government to invest in regional rail mobile coverage
Posted on April 19, 2017
2 min read
Telstra is helping make the ride to and from home a lot more fun for Victorian regional rail commuters.
We know how much everyone loves to be able to use their phones on their commute to and from work.
Whether it’s surfing the net, posting on social, working flexibly or just calling home to let loved ones know you are on the way, it makes the daily trip feel faster and a lot more fun.
For commuters on Victoria’s busiest regional routes, a lack of in-carriage mobile coverage has long been a source of frustration.
But that is set to change.
The Victorian Government has today signalled the start of its $18 million investment to enhance mobile coverage on the state’s five busiest regional rail corridors – Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour – through the Regional Rail Connectivity Project.
Telstra, along with Optus and Vodafone, each contracted with the Victorian Government, agreed to fund construction of the required mobile base stations to provide the best result for commuters and allow the Victorian Government to focus its investment on providing in-train repeaters.
Victoria will be the first state in Australia to have carrier-approved in-train technology designed to repeat the signal from nearby mobile base stations to ensure the signal can be received by passengers inside each carriage.
We are proud to be working with the Victorian Government to help bring this project to life
We have already made significant network investments along these rail links, extending our 4GX footprint as part of our ongoing commitment to regional Australia.
As a result, once the in-train repeaters are installed as part of the Victorian Government’s investment, our customers will have access to in-train coverage for close to 95% of the regional rail routes.
Our further investment in additional infrastructure as part of this project will increase that in-train coverage along the routes to 99% for Telstra customers.
We know that increased coverage is a priority for our customers and for businesses in regional Australia and that is exactly what this project delivers.
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