Lighting up regional black spots

Lighting up regional black spots

Mobile coverage in Kimba will be significantly boosted by a new marcocell which will be constructed as part of the federal government's Mobile Black Spot Program.

A macrocell or macrosite is a cell in a mobile phone network that provides radio coverage served by a high power cell site, with one more to be installed in the Brooker area at Tumby Bay.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey welcomed the news that more Mobile Black Spots in the electorate were set to be addressed under this round of the Program.

"I am hopeful the macrocell in the Brooker area will fill in an area to the north-east of Yeelanna which has poorly serviced in the past," Mr Ramsey said.

"This round has an emphasis on transport links and the Mosely site east of Kimba on the Eyre Highway will fix a problem where the signal deteriorates quickly as you leave the town. I expect a number of farmers on that side of town will also benefit significantly.

"There was strict criteria around the funding of sites under this Round with the focus being on disaster and accident prone areas.

"I look forward to working with Telstra so that building the mobile base stations can get underway and the community can benefit from improved coverage."

Regional Communications Minister Bridget McKenzie said the government has committed $20.5 million to fund 67 new mobile base stations across Australia.

"These base stations will improve coverage in disaster prone areas, along major transport corridors and trial new approaches to delivering coverage.

"The 67 base stations will collectively deliver over 12,000 square kilometres of new and improved handheld coverage," she said.

Minister McKenzie said a key priority of the program is to test new approaches to supporting improved mobile coverage.

"The Liberals and Nationals Government encourage mobile network operators to deploy shared mobile infrastructure to reduce cost and provide new coverage from more than one carrier," she said.

The full list of base stations funded under Round 5A of the MBSP is available on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website.