We have announced we will trial the installation of small cell mobile technology on TasNetworks‘ electricity distribution infrastructure to help fill some of Tasmania’s mobile black spots.
The small cells trial will begin with a single site in the Weldborough area, where a small cell installed on TasNetworks infrastructure will provide new mobile voice and broadband coverage.
With the construction of a standard mobile base station typically costing several hundreds of thousands of dollars, small cells may allow us to deliver mobile coverage and capacity to smaller communities and areas where the construction of a mobile base station would otherwise be uneconomical.
The trial will test the feasibility of using existing TasNetwork power poles to improve mobile coverage in parts of Tasmania.
Announcing the trial in Tasmania last week, CEO Andy Penn said we’re “at the forefront of delivering world class mobile services to Tasmanians, and we’re determined to continue to lead as the development and introduction of 5G technology commences by 2020.”
In FY18, we’ll invest $14.5 million on 45 projects across Tasmania to improve and maintain mobile coverage through capacity and speed upgrades to existing base stations, new small cells for 4G coverage, as well as our contribution to the Mobile Black Spot Program.
From supporting sales workforces in the field to small art galleries being able to take credit card payments for the first time, mobile connectivity is becoming more and more vital to small business growth and stability.
This investment is just one of the ways we’re improving mobile and fixed line coverage for residents, businesses and visitors in Tasmania.