Kybybolite is no longer a mobile black spot thanks to the Federal Coalition Government’s $220 million investment in improving mobile coverage.
Federal Member for Barker, Tony Pasin and Telstra officially launched the Kybybolite tower today with a crowd of happy Kybybolite residents.
This announcement delivers on Tony Pasin’s commitment to address the coverage issues identified at Kybybolite, with the town now receiving improved coverage with a new Telstra mobile base station.
“The Coalition’s Mobile Black Spot program is delivering new or improved coverage to sites across Barker through the first three rounds of the program, seeing local businesses and residents benefit from access to 21st century communications,” Mr Pasin said.
Mr Pasin said that Kybybolite was identified under the Priority Round of the program as a location that Government would contribute additional funding to ensure it received improved service.
“The ‘priority round’ was different to the other rounds of the blackspot program because it identified locations that would have not attracted private investment from telecommunications companies on their own under a normal round of the Government Program. It required additional Government funding to make it happen,” Mr Pasin said.
The Coalition Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program is improving mobile coverage across Australia including along major regional transport routes, in small communities and at identified locations.
Since first announcing the program in 2013, the Coalition Government has invested $220 million into mobile phone base stations with more than 850 funded in partnership with major carriers and around 600 now live around the country.
The Government recently announced a fourth round of the program and is currently calling for applications from the mobile industry to share in the $25 million Federal Government funding for round 4.
Tony Pasin is also advocating within Government for further funding of the Mobile Blackspot Program past round 4.
More information about the program and a full list of the locations across the country is available at: communications.gov.au/mbsp
Contact: Charlotte Edmunds 8531 2466