- Vodafone is planning to build 74 mobile base stations across Australia under the Commonwealth’s Mobile Black Spot Program.
- This investment will extend mobile coverage and choice in regional areas.
Providing better coverage and choice to regional Australians is one of our core commitments at Vodafone, and we’re proud to be investing more than $20 million to build 74 of these sites in New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria. The Vodafone Mobile Black Spot Program Rollout Schedule* is below:
|Base station name||Base station identifier||State||Estimated completion|
|Spring Mountain Road||MBSP-NSW-118||NSW||Completed - December 2015|
|Invergowrie||MBSP-NSW-065||NSW||Completed - July 2016|
|Walcha||MBSP-NSW-130||NSW||Completed - September 2016|
|Crowea||MBSP-WA-023||WA||Completed - September 2016|
|Bothwell||MBSP-TAS-003||TAS||Completed - September 2016|
|Manildra||MBSP-NSW-079||NSW||Completed - November 2016|
|Bicheno||MBSP-TAS-002||TAS||Completed - November 2016|
|Elsmore||MBSP-NSW-052||NSW||Completed - November 2016|
|Woodstock||MBSP-NSW-141||NSW||Completed - November 2016|
|Cargo||MBSP-NSW-029||NSW||Completed - November 2016|
|Cooyar||MBSP-QLD-019||QLD||Completed - December 2016|
|Molong||MBSP-NSW-088||NSW||Completed - February 2017|
|Capricorn Highway||MBSP-QLD-014||QLD||Completed - February 2017|
|Cumnock||MBSP-NSW-042||NSW||Completed - February 2017|
|Buckland||MBSP-TAS-005||TAS||Completed - March 2017|
|Little Swanport (Tasman Hwy)||MBSP-TAS-029||TAS||Completed - March 2017|
|Okehampton Beach||MBSP-TAS-020||TAS||Completed - April 2017|
|Eugowra||MBSP-NSW-054||NSW||2017 - Q3|
|Cultowa||MBSP-NSW-041||NSW||2017 - Q3|
|Noonbinna||MBSP-NSW-101||NSW||2017 - Q3|
|Ben Bullen (Castlereagh Hwy)||MBSP-NSW-030||NSW||2017 - Q3|
|Attunga||MBSP-NSW-004||NSW||2017 - Q3|
|Verona Sands||MBSP-TAS-030||TAS||2017 - Q3|
|Weethalle||MBSP-NSW-135||NSW||2017 - Q3|
|Jemalong||MBSP-NSW-066||NSW||2017 - Q3|
|Billimaria||MBSP-NSW-012||NSW||2017 - Q3|
|Gooloogong||MBSP-NSW-059||NSW||2017 - Q3|
|Tabulam (Bruxner Hwy)||MBSP-NSW-022||NSW||2017 - Q3|
|Kumbia||MBSP-QLD-042||QLD||2017 - July|
|Steppes (Highland Lakes Rd)||MBSP-TAS-012||TAS||2017 - July|
|Boyneside||MBSP-QLD-010||QLD||2017 - July|
|Westdale||MBSP-NSW-137||NSW||2017 - July|
|Takone||MBSP-TAS-026||TAS||2017 - August|
|Bodallin (Great Eastern Hwy)||MBSP-WA-046||WA||2017 - August|
|Koorawatha||MBSP-NSW-071||NSW||2017 - Q4|
|Swansea||MBSP-TAS-025||TAS||2017 - Q4|
|Miena||MBSP-TAS-017||TAS||2017 - Q4|
|Wayatinah (Lyell Hwy)||MBSP-TAS-015||TAS||2017 - Q4|
|Hamilton||MBSP-TAS-011||TAS||2017 - Q4|
|Savernake||MBSP-NSW-116||NSW||2017 - Q4|
|Tarraleah||MBSP-TAS-028||TAS||2017 - Q4|
|Sandy Hills (Bruxner Hwy)||MBSP-NSW-021||NSW||2017 - Q4|
|Warral||MBSP-NSW-121||NSW||2017 - Q4|
|Duri||MBSP-NSW-050||NSW||2017 - Q4|
|Fossickers Way||MBSP-NSW-056||NSW||2017 - Q4|
|Hallsville||MBSP-NSW-061||NSW||2017 - Q4|
|Goshen||MBSP-TAS-010||TAS||2017 - Q4|
|Manilla||MBSP-NSW-080||NSW||2017 - Q4|
|Lowesdale (Riverina Hwy)||MBSP-NSW-112||NSW||2017 - Q4|
|Oxley Vale||MBSP-NSW-105||NSW||2017 - Q4|
|Ungarie||MBSP-NSW-128||NSW||2017 - Q4|
|Tabbita||MBSP-NSW-120||NSW||2017 - Q4|
|Barraba||MBSP-NSW-008||NSW||2017 - Q4|
|Oakdene||MBSP-NSW-104||NSW||2017 - Q4|
|Piallamore||MBSP-NSW-107||NSW||2017 - Q4|
|Moonbi||MBSP-NSW-089||NSW||2017 - Q4|
|Gunbar South (Mid Western Hwy)||MBSP-NSW-085||NSW||2017 - Q4|
|Dingo||MBSP-QLD-025||QLD||2017 - Q4|
|Gunbar (Mid Western Hwy)||MBSP-NSW-086||NSW||2017 - Q4|
|Piora||MBSP-NSW-109||NSW||2018 - Q1|
|Culmaran Creek||MBSP-NSW-040||NSW||2018 - Q1|
|Brandum||MBSP-TAS-004||TAS||2018 - Q1|
|Pyengana||MBSP-TAS-021||TAS||2018 - Q2|
|Manna Mountain||MBSP-NSW-081||NSW||2018 - Q2|
|Yelvertoft (Barkly Hwy)||MBSP-QLD-003||QLD||2018 - Q2|
|Yolla||MBSP2-TAS-006||TAS||2018 - Q2|
|Lake Corella (Barkly Hwy)||MBSP-QLD-005||QLD||2018 - Q2|
|Yellow Mountain||MBSP2-NSW-008||NSW||2018 - Q2|
|Apslawn||MBSP-TAS-001||TAS||2018 - Q2|
|Glen Valley||MBSP-VIC-042||VIC||2018 - Q2|
|Mount Carrington||MBSP-NSW-090||NSW||2018 - Q2|
|Mount Hourigan||MBSP2-NSW-001||NSW||2018 - Q2|
|Pilliga Forest (Newell Hwy)||MBSP-NSW-100||NSW||2018 - Q2|
|Doughboy Mountain||MBSP2-NSW-037||NSW||2018 - Q2|
*Note: The locations on the rollout schedule are subject to change. Timeframes for the rollout of new base stations may vary due to a range of factors, including local government development approval processes and community consultation periods.
This investment in regional areas would not have been possible without the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program which funds not only improvements in mobile coverage but also mobile competition in regional and remote areas where it is severely lacking. This investment will help boost employment opportunities and improve community safety while giving local consumers and businesses more choice. The new base stations are the result of local communities identifying areas of inadequate mobile coverage and, in many cases, working together to identify appropriate sites for new base stations that meet local planning needs, have ready access to power sources and are easily accessible.
The Australian Government has committed $220 million to the Mobile Black Spot Program to improve mobile coverage along major regional transport routes, in small communities, and in locations prone to natural disasters.
Unfortunately, we have a unique situation in Australia where previous government funding arrangements have discouraged competition in regional areas. It means customers in many areas of regional Australia simply have no alternative to paying high prices for services because there is only one provider.
Vodafone is pleased the Federal Government has recognised that successful government initiatives deliver both coverage and choice for regional consumers. The Mobile Black Spot Program’s combination of subsidised construction of mobile base stations with a requirement on the telco industry to work together to share this infrastructure is a major step forward.
We know that further investment in regional mobile services could see billions of dollars of innovation and productivity benefits for regional Australia. From agriculture and small businesses to health and education, investment in mobile base stations is an investment in our country’s future.
Vodafone and stakeholders including the National Farmers’ Federation are continuing to advocate for improved regional telecommunications services, including a permanent Mobile Black Spot Program.
The Australian Government holds the key to fast-tracking this investment in Australia. Vodafone believes the $300 million in funding provided to Telstra every year under the Universal Service Obligation (USO) – to maintain its outdated copper network and payphones in regional areas where the NBN is being built – could be much better spent on improving regional mobile services.
Following the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the current USO arrangements, we have a once in a generation opportunity to bring regional telecommunications funding into the 21st century and help close the digital divide for regional Australians.
What you can do to help
Contact your local MP now and let them know you support changes to the USO to free up funds for improved mobile coverage and choice.
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