Residents and businesses of Eganstown and Bullarto, north-east of Ballarat in Victoria, are now benefiting from new and improved mobile coverage in the region.

Adam Shepherd is employed by a New South Wales-based electricity company but works remotely from Eganstown in Victoria – around 1000 kilometres to the south. In previous months Adam had to rent an office in Ballarat, half an hour’s drive from his home, to access a reliable internet connection.

Working in IT support, being able to get online at a moment’s notice is crucial – and the new mobile black spot base station at Eganstown helps make that happen.

The two new mobile base stations, funded jointly by us and Federal Government under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, recently went live. These communities now join Smeaton, Glenlyon, Dereel and Leonards Hill in the Ballarat region who are already benefitting from new coverage.

These communities are now joining many more communities nationally who are benefitting from new or improved mobile coverage through our delivery of the Mobile Black Spot Program with over 350 new mobile base stations now in service.

The two new mobile base stations deliver our 3G and state-of-the-art 4GX mobile data services to the region for the first time. They are also part of $10 million of our own funds that are being spent this year (FY18) on 18 projects delivering new or improved mobile coverage for communities living, working or traveling in and around Ballarat and Western Victoria.

We won an additional 89 sites in the Priority Locations round of the Federal Government Mobile Black Spot Program, boosting the total number of Telstra locations across the three rounds of the program to more than 650 sites. That’s more than double the commitment of all other carriers combined and represents a total Telstra investment of $260 million.