Mobile phone coverage and reliability in the Murrindindi area has significantly improved following the installation of a new Telstra base station.
The recently installed base station at Mt Dorothy will mean less call drop outs and increased data speeds for customers in the area Telstra Central Victoria Area General Manager Steve Tinker said.
“The investment we have made is part of our on-going commitment to regional Victoria,” he said.
“We want to ensure we are the network who is continuing to listen to customers about where their coverage concerns are, and where we can address them.”
Under the recently announced Federal Government Mobile Black Spot Programme Telstra will partner to construct eight towers in the Murrindindi Shire at Devils River, Hazeldene, Highlands, Kanumbra, Killingworth, Kinglake West, Taylor Bay and Yea.
“This further investment will mean these locations will receive mobile coverage, where previously they had none,” Mr Tinker said.
“We have worked closely with communities, and the Murrindindi Shire Council in putting forward the areas most at need for improved coverage as part of round one of the programme.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to rollout these new towers and would not have been possible without the support of the Federal, State and Local Governments and other third parties as well.”
Under the Mobile Blackspot Programme Telstra will build 429 new 3G/4G towers across Australia, an investment of more than $340 million with Telstra contributing $165 million.
Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, praised the local community for continually calling for the Mount Dorothy tower to be activated.
“People power works for getting better mobile phone coverage in Indi. This tower will improve telecommunications for local residents,” Ms McGowan said.
“This shows how I can help communities raise important telecommunications issues with the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, to work together with Telstra to get positive outcomes. Thanks to Telstra for acting on this community request.”
Ms McGowan joins Telstra in urging communities in Indi to nominate their mobile phone black spots in round two of the Mobile Black Spot Programme.
Opportunities still exist for other communities who may have missed out in round one, to express their interest for round two communities should email firstname.lastname@example.org.