Vodafone extends coverage in Central West NSW

Vodafone adding more than 1,300 sq. kms of additional mobile coverage

Vodafone Australia, together with the Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack, today announced the expansion of 4G services in Central West NSW.

Under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, Vodafone has switched on a new mobile site at Jemalong near Forbes. This development expands Vodafone mobile voice and data services in the Jemalong Irrigation District and nearby Bedgerabong. The new site was built with support from Jemalong Irrigation Limited and provides coverage on major transport routes including Lachlan Valley Way, Bedgerabong Road and parts of the Newell Highway.

Vodafone’s mobile coverage in the Central West has also been extended with the construction of two new sites at Noonbinna outside Cowra and Weethalle near West Wyalong. The Noonbinna site provides coverage along parts of the Olympic Highway, Lachlan Valley Way and Noonbinna Road.

The new site at Weethalle works in conjunction with a new Vodafone mobile site near Tallimba to provide extended coverage between Weethalle and West Wyalong, and along parts of the Mid Western Highway.

The sites will cover a combined total of 1,387 square kilometres of additional coverage, with 152 kilometres of coverage along major transport routes and national highways.

Vodafone is committed to investing in regional areas where it makes sense to do so, and is also pushing for regulatory arrangements that will deliver Australia’s best opportunity to drive mobile investment.

Vodafone Regional Manager Rhys Morgan said Vodafone’s new sites in the Central West are the latest steps in the company’s ongoing network investment to support ever-increasing demand for mobile connectivity and services in the area.

“We continue to be committed to providing quality mobile coverage in Central West NSW to give families and small businesses choice and value,” said Mr Morgan.

“More than ever before, customers look to mobile communications to stay connected with family, mates and run their businesses. Customers in these areas will now benefit from enhanced coverage and network performance.”

Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said the new sites at Jemalong, Noonbinna and Weethalle are great examples of Vodafone’s continued commitment to improving and expanding regional communications.

“Reliable mobile coverage is essential for families, small businesses and road users in this electorate.  I’m proud to be part of the team that is delivering this investment in the Mobile Black Spot Program for the Riverina,” Mr McCormack said.

Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash said the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program would deliver 765 mobile phone towers covering some 4,400 coverage black spots across the nation, extending new and upgraded handheld coverage to 86,300 square kilometres of regional and remote Australia.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and good telecommunications is a big part of that,” Minister Nash said. “Being a farmer myself, I know how important mobile coverage is and I’m proud the Coalition is delivering it to the Central West region of NSW.”

To find out where Vodafone has 4G coverage, see vodafone.com.au/coverage.

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Notes to editors:

Vodafone’s interactive regional mobile investment map includes the locations and timings of the sites being built in regional areas.

4G is available with a compatible 4G device. 4G in selected areas in Australia.