Mobile base stations switched on at Tabulam and Rocky Creek

Mobile phone reception on the outskirts of the shire have been improved.
Mobile phone reception on the outskirts of the shire have been improved.

Tabulam  and Rocky Creek residents and those passing through the area can now enjoy better mobile phone reception as new mobile base stations go live.

The new mobile base stations at Rocky Creek (Telstra), just west of Bonshaw, and Tabulam (Vodafone) are the latest of 37 sites across the New England to receive new or improved mobile coverage under the $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

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“It is not unbelievable, unreasonable or unnecessary to have a phone in your pocket while mustering,” member for New England Barnaby Joyce said.

“Just last month we switched on another tower near Tenterfield, at Koreelah, and we’ll soon have another site nearby at Sandy Hills on the Bruxner Highway, also going live.

“We are continuing to deliver these coverage upgrades for safety on our roads, to grow local economies and small business and improve the standard of living for you and your family living in towns, villages and rural areas right across the New England.”

Minister for regional communications Bridget McKenzie welcomed the switch on and said the program is connecting regional Australia like never before.

“The Mobile Black Spot Program is so important for our regions. This new infrastructure will enable those living in regional areas to participate in the digital economy and conduct business, as well as access important education and health services across the country.”

A new mobile base station resembling this one is now operational at Rocky Creek, west of Bonshaw.

A new mobile base station resembling this one is now operational at Rocky Creek, west of Bonshaw.

Telstra area general manager Mike Marom said his company is committed to continue leading the way in mobile connectivity. As well as delivering immediate benefits to the community.

“The new mobile base station at Rocky Creek readies the area for future rollouts of new technologies, such as 5G," he said.

"Mobile connectivity plays a major role in connecting friends and families, businesses, farms, tourist spots and essential services across Australia and around the world. Whether it's a parent being able to call the kids, a small business taking a credit card payment for the first time or a local producer using sensors to run their farm more effectively, mobile connectivity is becoming increasingly important for growth and stability in regional Australia."

A further $25 million has been committed to a fourth round of the Mobile Black Spot Program. More information about the program and the rollout schedule is available at: communications.gov.au/mbsp.

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