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More towers boost mobile coverage

Mobile phone coverage for people travelling around the Mid West and Gascoyne continues to improve as another new mobile phone tower was switched on near Carnarvon last month, with two more planned near Mingenew and Three Springs.

Telstra completed the new mobile base station at Inggarda, about 21km south of Carnarvon on the North West Coastal Highway, under the Federal Government's $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price welcomed the connection.

"This program is delivering much needed new investment in mobile infrastructure across the Durack electorate to address mobile coverage issues," she said.

Telstra has been funded to provide more mobile towers under the program and plans to erect 3G and 4G facilities on Midlands Road at Milo near Mingenew and Arrowmith East near Three Springs.

Telstra chief executive Andy Penn said the use of small cell technology was an innovative, cost effective approach to fixing black spots.

"Mobile coverage means people and businesses in regional and remote communities can do things many in the city take for granted," he said.

"A small cell is a miniature version of a standard mobile base station and Telstra is using the technology to cost effectively deliver 4G coverage to areas where existing coverage is minimal or not available."

Telstra is also building a satellite small cell 4G facility on Yardie Creek Road near Ningaloo.

Source - Midwest Times

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