Dedicated mobile coverage for more than 400 homes
Optus has switched on a brand-new tower in Fullerton Cove, delivering much needed mobile coverage and connectivity to the Port Stephens Region as part of the priority round of the Federal Governments Mobile Black Spot Program.
The Optus mobile tower, located along Fullerton Cove Road, will provide enhanced mobile coverage to homes in Fullerton Cove and in vehicles driving along Nelson Bay Road. More than 400 homes will now be able to connect to reliable Optus mobile reception for the first time, providing them with the ability to make and receive calls, texts and browse the internet.
Optus Regulatory and Public Affairs Vice President Andrew Sheridan said with no shortage of beautiful beaches and coastlines to explore, the Port Stephens region continues to outdo itself, now with better Optus mobile coverage than ever before with this new site in Fullerton Cove.
Bringing much needed enhanced mobile coverage to Fullerton Cove is critical for residents and tourism purposes in the Port Stephens region. It not only means greater safety for those living, working and driving through the area by unlocking access to communication, but also helps facilitate contact with family and friends.
This site will enable valuable opportunities for the local community, allowing regional New South Wales to remain competitive with access to the same resources as the rest of Australia. Competition is not only essential for the economy, but also great for the community, with this new site providing customers with better choice and value.
We know how important access to reliable mobile coverage is for those living and working across regional Australia, and right now it is more critical than ever. Its certainly a bonus to be delivering this boost when many New South Wales residents are taking advantage of holidaying in their own backyards and where else would you spend the warmer months but beautiful Port Stephens.
Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government, the Hon Mark Coulton MP, welcomed the activation of the Fullerton Cove tower.
Having access to reliable communication is a priority for the Government, which is why we have invested $380 million in the Mobile Black Spot Program to improve mobile coverage across regional and remote Australia, Minister Coulton said.
The Fullerton Cove tower will provide residents in the Port Stephens region with better connectivity, and is just one of more than 1,200 new mobile base stations funded under the first five rounds of the program, with more than 910 of these base stations now on air.
Optus continues to invest to improve coverage, reliability and speed across its Australian mobile network, with first time Optus mobile coverage in Fullerton Cove providing a competitive telecommunications alternative for local residents and businesses.