Regional Telecommunications Project improving mobile phone coverage
Albany West, Ongerup North and Cranbrook West latest locations to benefit
Three towns in the Great Southern region now have better access to mobile telephone coverage and high-speed wireless broadband, as part of the $45 million investment through the State Government's Royalties for Regions' Regional Telecommunications Project.
Albany West, Ongerup North and Cranbrook West are the latest locations to be connected with reliable 3G coverage, expanding the connectivity along Albany Highway and further into the agricultural region in the Great Southern.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said improving connectivity was a vital step forward for social and economic development in regional areas.
"The mobile towers will ensure local businesses have access to necessary technology; it will be easier for families to keep in touch; people travelling on our roads will be safer and better equipped; and emergency services will have improved response times," Mr Redman said.
"It is great to see Royalties for Regions investments such as this contributing to building a better quality of life and paving a brighter future for everyone in our regions."
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the Regional Telecommunications Project built on the success of the $40 million Regional Mobile Communications Project (RMCP), which was completed in September 2014.
The RMCP delivered 113 mobile phone towers along major highways and in some small communities in regional Western Australia.
Mr Mischin said it was paramount that these new towers were rolled out to the regions, not only for the improved quality, economic and educational benefits, but for the safety of the public.
"The State Government's investment in mobile telecommunications infrastructure will benefit emergency services organisations and improve emergency response times in WA's regional, rural and remote areas," he said.
In addition to the 23 sites already announced, a further 130 new or upgraded mobile base stations will be established across WA under the Mobile Black Spot Programme by June 30, 2018 with funding from Royalties for Regions, the Australian Government, Telstra and Vodafone. This is an increase from the 85 stations originally planned under the Regional Telecommunications Project.
The Regional Telecommunications Project will deliver more than 150 mobile phone towers to WA communities
The Regional Telecommunications Project is expected to be completed by June 30, 2018
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
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