Vodafone, together with the Minister for Regional Services, Mark Coulton, today announced the addition of three new mobile towers in Tasmania to improve mobile coverage and extend 4G services to more Vodafone customers.
The new sites were completed under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program and provide a combined total of more than 170 square kilometres of additional 4G coverage, including approximately 42 kilometres of coverage along major transport routes and national highways.
Vodafone Chief Technology Officer Kevin Millroy said Vodafone’s new mobile sites are part of Vodafone’s continued commitment to provide mobile services and more choice and competition to Australians living in regional areas.
“We are excited to be able to deliver choice to the residents and visitors of Goshen and Wayatinah. Participating in the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program has allowed Vodafone to build on its own investment and make a positive difference in the lives of Australians across the country,” said Mr Millroy.
“These towers provide a much-needed boost to mobile coverage in Tasmania, giving locals more opportunity to take advantage of the economic and social benefits strong mobile communications offers.”
Two of the new sites are located in the north-east of Tasmania, near Goshen and Pyengana. Together the new sites will introduce Vodafone services to Goshen and further expand Vodafone’s 4G mobile services to local residents and businesses in the surrounding areas of Goulds Country, Lottah and St Helen’s. The sites will also extend Vodafone coverage along parts of the Tasman Highway south-east of Pyengana.
The third new site is located near the township of Wayatinah in central Tasmania and will introduce Vodafone services to more than 70 homes in the area. The new site will also work in conjunction with other sites in the area to extend 4G mobile coverage along the Lyell Highway between Tarraleah and Ouse.
Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government, Mark Coulton said the new sites meant better connectivity for locals and visitors in central and north-east Tasmania.
“Goshen and Wayatinah will now experience new and improved 3G and 4G mobile coverage thanks to the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program,” said Minister Coulton.
“These towers will provide increased coverage and safety for those travelling along the Tasman Highway and the Lyell Highway, the latter being one of the state’s key passenger, freight and tourism routes.”