Next G Expands To Some Seriously Obscure Places

YuntaHouseTelstra's Next G is already the clear champion when it comes to 3G broadband coverage, so when 100 new communities get added to its footprint, it's safe to assume they're fairly out-of-the-way.

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Telstra this morning put out the following boast list of communities which have gained Next G as a result of recent expansion. To be honest, the only ones I've even heard of are Jenolan Caves, Cradle Mountain and Daintree:

* Yetman, Turra Beach, Suppa Bulga, Bungendore, Jenolan Caves, Pooncarie and Wollombi in New South Wales * McArthur River Mine, Dundee Beach, Fergusson, Fountain Head, The Granites (Alice Springs) and Wadeye in the Northern Territory * Moomba, Jacinth Ambrosia Mine, Manna Hill, Yunta, Kingoonya and Prominent Hill in South Australia * Broadmarsh, Tooms Lake and Cradle Mountain in Tasmania * Lake Mountain, Lambert Island, Dargo, Crooked River, Buchan, Flowerdale Estate, Pyalong, Smoko and Trawool Central in Victoria * Rosslyn Bay, Watalgan, Boonooroo, Bromelton, Chillagoe, Marlborough, Mapoon, Belingra, Boxflats, Cannington Mine, Daintree, Hebel, Huntington, Mt Molloy, Passchendaele, Phosphate Hill, Pinnacle, Prairie, Runaroo, Tregony, The Monument (Mt Isa), Wangetti and Witta in Queensland * Mundaring Weir, Gidgegannup, Whim Creek, Warburton Community, Forrest, Rawlinna, Golden Grove, Hope Downs, Jundee, Koolyanobbing, Marble Bar, Mt Keith, Murrin Murrin, Menzies, Nifty Mine, Plutonic Mine, Pannawonica Mine, Sandstone, Sunrise Dam, Telfer Beach, Tunney and West Angelas Mine in Western Australia

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Comments

    Seriously obscure indeed. I've never heard of any of those places. Except maybe Jenolan Caves. Maybe.

    Shame they just can't improve the service levels in the outer western suburbs of Melbourne!

    huh... and yet places in western queensland still don't have any mobile phone access whatsoever....

    I lived out in Jundah, south of Longreach, north of Quilpie, in a shire council region the size of tasmania. 2 spots had mobile coverage - a 'trial' 20m zone in front of the pub at Stonehenge, and a 1-bar accidental spot on a lookout outside of Jundah (and then only when the weather was permitting). Yet the admin centre of the shire, Jundah, had none, nor did the busier tourist town of Windorah.

    That's kinda disappointing - Wollombi is not far from Sydney, in the Hunter Valley, so if they're only gotten that far, it's still far from comprehensive. Similarly for Victoria, Lake Mountain is barely 2 hours from Melbourne.

    Though I guess it's more of a focus on population centres vs pure blanket coverage, which is fair enough.

    Interesting they should include Yetman. Telstra initially decided against supplying Yetman on the grounds of too high a cost for too little return. The local residents got together and built the tower themselves, out of their own pocket, then Telstra just put in the equipment. It made the (New England Area) local news at the time.

    I personally think that covering 99% of the population is an absolutely amazing feat and Telstra are to be congratulated for providing and maintaining such a broad and cutting-edge network.

    i have to agree with guy. it is a pretty amazing feat. and i'm also pretty happy with those Victorian expansion locations, since i do on occasion go to a few of them.

    I live just 12km north of Wollombi and we still have no mobile coverage. To get this in perspective it is less than a 2hr drive to The Sydney Harbour Bridge. What sort of a footprint around Wollombi does Telstra claim its coverage has? I hope structural separation of Telstra can start to sort out the mess that this evil empire has left in its wake. Telstra can crow all it likes but I will never ever deal with that bastard of an organization again.

    Funny thing is, I work at Nifty Mine. I'm the On-Site I.T. Officer and yes, we are in a very obscure location. Does make it a bit of a teething problem for new to site personnel as majority of them are using a different carrier. Way to work the monopoly, Telstra.

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