What is the Mobile Black Spot Program?

The Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot Program is one of the largest ever expansions of mobile coverage in regional and remote Australia. Starting with ‘Round 1’ in 2015, multiple new areas have received mobile network coverage with ‘Round 5A’ most recently announced in July 2021.

After this latest supplement to Round 5, and once all five rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program are completed, Telstra will have invested up to $300 million and built around 930 new sites to improve coverage for regional areas around the country – more than 2/3rd of the total 1296 sites co-funded by Government under the Program since 2015. 

In addition, as part of Telstra’s contribution to the Black Spot Program over this period, we have deployed more than 200 small cells for regional community connectivity at Telstra’s sole expense.

What does the Mobile Black Spot Program mean for Australians?

This program marks the first time that regional and remote communities will be able to access fast mobile voice and data services. The improved coverage means increased access to new technologies for key regional sectors like agriculture, transport, mining and tourism, all of which rely on a fast, reliable and affordable mobile network.

Who’s funding the Mobile Black Spot Program?

The Mobile Black Spot Program builds upon significant investments already undertaken by Telstra to expand and upgrade our mobile network.

Our partnership with the Federal Government sees Telstra investing up to $300 million of our own funds to build over 930 new sites under all rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program. This is over and above the billions of dollars we have spent on our mobile network in recent years.

We’ve worked with State and Local Governments, to attract tens of millions of dollars in additional targeted funding. This means we’re able to deliver a combined investment of over $660 million for regional telecommunications under the program.

Our commitment to regional Australia

Telstra is committed to providing improved mobile coverage to regional and remote Australia. Over the 7 years to end FY22 Telstra will have invested $11bn in our mobile network nationally with $4bn of this invested in our regional mobile network.

In addition to the Mobile Black Spot Program, Telstra has also delivered over 200 small cells in selected areas where appropriate infrastructure is available, which will bring high speed 4G data services to small country towns.

Telstra continues to invest significantly in maintaining and expanding our mobile network across Australia.