Vodafone's announced that's it's won funding for 70 base stations under the Federal Government's mobile blackspot program. For Vodafone customers, this could mean an end to crappy regional coverage. Here are the sites that will see improvements.
Vodafone's not a powerhouse when it comes to regional coverage, but that could be about to change, with the company announcing that its coverage across 70 sites in Australia should improve, thanks to Federal Government funding.
In a statement, Vodafone Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs Dan Lloyd said that "Mobile customers in regional Australia have been disadvantaged for far too long with inadequate coverage and a lack of effective competition. The Federal Government’s announcement is a great step forward towards giving customers in regional areas better coverage and, often for the first time, the opportunity to have a choice of mobile provider. We are looking forward to being a part of these communities.
We will be moving forward to bring these sites into operation as soon as possible, so that we can offer more customers in regional Australia the same great service and value we provide on our network today."
The actual quantity of funding secured was not revealed, but Vodafone did detail the sites that they'll be improving, which are as follows:
New South Wales: Attunga, Barraba, Billimaria, Bruxner Highway (two sites), Cargo, Castlereagh Highway at Ben Bullen, Culmaran Creek, Cultowa, Cumnock, Duri, Elsmore, Eugowra, Fossickers Way, Gooloogong, Hallsville, Invergowrie, Jemalong, Koorawatha, Manildra, Manilla, Manna Mountain, Mid Western Highway (two sites), Molong, Moonbi, Mount Carrington, Newell Highway (Pilliga rest area), Noonbinna, Oakdene, Oxley Vale, Piallamore, Piora, Riverina Highway, Savernake, Spring Mountain Road, Tabbita, Tamworth, Ungarie, Walcha, Weethalle, Westdale and Woodstock.
Tasmania: Apslawn, Bicheno, Bothwell, Brandum, Buckland, Goshen, Hamilton, Highland Lakes Road between Steppes and Bothwell, Lyell Highway, Miena, Okehampton Beach, Pyengana, Swansea, Takone, Tarraleah, Tasman Highway at Little Swanport and Verona Sands.
Queensland: Barkly Highway between Mount Isa and Camooweal, Barkly Highway between Mount Isa and Cloncurry, Boyneside, Capricorn Highway, Cooyar, Dingo and Kumbia.
Western Australia: Great Eastern Highway between Bodallin and Moorine Rock, and Ocean Beach.
Victoria: Glen Valley