Media Release, 10 May 2019

Telstra speeds up its mobile network in Musselroe Bay in Tasmania’s north east

10 May 2019
 
As part of the federal government’s Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP), Telstra has this week switched on a new mobile base station in north-east Musselroe Bay, providing increased mobile network coverage and more consistent data speeds for local residents. 
 
The new 35-metre high Musselroe Bay base station will deliver 3G and 4GX coverage and is located about one kilometre south of Musselroe Bay.
 
“Regional areas are relying on mobile connectivity more than ever before, and national demand for mobile data has grown by approximately 40 per cent on Telstra’s mobile network in the past 12 months,” said Michael Patterson, Telstra’s Regional General Manager for Tasmania.
 
“We know the importance of high-speed mobile internet for supporting local businesses and tourism, and making regional centres great places to live.”
 
Telstra is continuing to invest in the mobile network to provide customers with the best possible user experience. Over the five years to June 2019, Telstra’s mobile network investment will total around $8 billion, of which almost $3 billion will have been invested in regional areas. In Tasmania, in FY19 alone, Telstra is investing almost $20 million to improve mobile network coverage and capacity for our customers. 
 
“Telstra has more than 300 mobile sites across Tasmania, delivering mobile coverage to 98.7 per cent of the state’s population. This is over 100 sites more than our nearest competitor,” he said. 
 
Once Round 4 of MBSP has been completed, Telstra will have contributed over $280 million and built more than 780 new sites. This amounts to three-quarters of the 1,047 mobile sites co-funded by the federal government under the program since it was established in 2015.
 
Through MBSP, Telstra has activated more than 30 new mobile network sites in Tasmania, improving mobile coverage and data speeds for residents and visitors. 
 
This includes locations such as Adventure Bay on Bruny Island and Gunns Plains, 20 kilometres south of Ulverstone, with sites in Devonport and Blackstone Heights set to be completed in coming months. 
 
This is in addition to a significant number of site upgrades planned by Telstra in the next 12 months to existing mobile infrastructure across Tasmania.  
 
Telstra has a long history of investing in regional Australia, providing more state-of-the-art services in more places than any other mobile provider. Telstra’s mobile network is supported by more than 10,000 mobile base stations covering more than 2.5 million square kilometres and reaching 99.5 per cent of the Australian population.
 
Media contact: 
Chris Marks- 0475 963 824 - Acting Media Manager- Telstra Tasmania
E: chris.marks@team.telstra.com  
Media Reference number – 051/2019

[1] Based on national average combined 3G/4G mobile speeds.