Here Are All The Mobile Blackspots Optus Is Fixing

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Optus has announced plans to build 49 new mobile sites as part of the Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot Program. The new sites will significantly boost mobile coverage in regional areas of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Here are all the suburbs that are set to benefit.

The Mobile Black Spot Program provides government funding to telcos in a bid to improve mobile phone coverage in regional and remote Australia. The current round of funding has seen Optus secure $10.3 million in Federal funding and $3.5M in State funding (the remaining $14 million required to build the sites will be contributed by Optus.)

The 49 sites getting an Optus mobile upgrade include Fraser Island in Queensland, West and Eastern MacDonnell Ranges in the Territory, the Mid North of South Australia, outback Western Australia and Central West New South Wales.

“These are all areas in need of improved mobile coverage. We worked closely with State and Territory Governments as well as some communities in selecting these sites," Optus' Andrew Sheridan said in a statement.

"For us, this is about more than mobile coverage, it’s about giving Australians in rural areas the dedicated coverage that they need to stay connected with their family and friends and deliver for their business.”

Here's the full list of locations that will be receiving mobile sites and battery back-up capability from Optus and the government.

Round 4 Site List:

NSW (5 sites)

LOWTHER

LIMEKILNS

ROCK FOREST

SUNNY CORNER

YARRAS

NT (12 sites)

ARLTUNGA VISITOR CENTRE

CHAMBERS PILLAR

DEVILS MARBLES

DUNMURA WAYSIDE INN

EDITH FALLS

ELLERY CREEK BIG HOLE

LARRIMAH

PALM VALLEY

SHADY CAMP

TOBERMOREY

TREPHINA GORGE EAST

TREPHINA GORGE WEST

QLD (8 sites)

ARCHER RIVER ROADHOUSE

CASTLE ROCK CAMPGROUND

CENTRAL STATIONS CAMP GROUND

CHARLIE MORELAND CAMP

EUGARIE

BLUE LAKE DAY USE AREA

MUSGRAVE RIVER ROADHOUSE

YARRABAH SOUTH

SA (10 sites)

BRINKWORTH

ETTRICK

FLINDERS RANGES WAY

KANGAROO ISLAND EAST

MARAMA

MYPOLONGA

NEPABUNNA

NILDOTTIE

RHYNIE

RIVERTON

VIC (10 sites)

BARFOLD

BEALIBA

BELLFIELD

CALDER HIGHWAY (Berriwillock)

CHUM CREEK

GRAYTOWN

GRENVILLE

MERRICKS

TOOLLEEN

TOOLONDO

WA (3 sites)

GIBB RIVER STATION

PUNMU COMMUNITY

TJUKAYIRLA ROADHOUSE

TAS: 1 Site

MURDANNA EAST

For residents near the above sites, this means you don't need to rely on Telstra for mobile coverage any more. Hurrah! Here are some of the best plans to consider, all of which run on the Optus network.


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