Expanding coverage in regional Australia
As part of our commitment to regional Australia, we're excited to bring high-speed mobile internet to even more communities around the country as part of the Mobile Black Spot program
Where is my closest Black Spot site?
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. Areas which will receive new mobile network coverage have been announced in two rounds, the first in 2015 and the second in 2016.
Over approximately the next three years, Telstra will build 577 new 3G and 4GX sites.
What the Mobile Black Spot Program
means for Australians?
This program will deliver mobile coverage to a large number of regional and remote communities who, for the first time, will be able to access fast mobile voice and data services. The improved coverage is increasing access to new technologies for key regional sectors like agriculture, transport, mining and tourism – technologies 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 will involve Telstra investing an additional almost $229 million of our own funds to build the 577 new sites as part of Rounds 1 and 2 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 $490 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 past 10 years, approx. 15 per cent of our total capital investment has been in areas which cover the remotest 2 per cent of the population.
Our network investment expenditure is almost entirely self-funded. In the 11 years to 2016, less than 1 per cent of the money spent on our network has been government funded.
In addition to the Mobile Black Spot Program, Telstra will also be installing up to 250 small cells in selected areas where appropriate infrastructure is available, which will bring high speed 4G data services to small country towns. These small cells also support 4G HD (VoLTE) Calling, allowing customers to make calls on supported handsets.
Telstra continues to invest significantly in maintaining and expanding our mobile network across Australia.