We're planning to build 74 mobile base stations across Australia to improve mobile coverage and competition 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 nameBase station identifierStateEstimated completion
Spring Mountain RoadMBSP-NSW-118NSWCompleted - December 2015
InvergowrieMBSP-NSW-065NSWCompleted - July 2016
WalchaMBSP-NSW-130NSWCompleted - September 2016
CroweaMBSP-WA-023WACompleted - September 2016
BothwellMBSP-TAS-003TASCompleted - September 2016
BichenoMBSP-TAS-002TASCompleted - November 2016
WoodstockMBSP-NSW-141NSWCompleted - November 2016
CargoMBSP-NSW-029NSWCompleted - November 2016
ElsmoreMBSP-NSW-052NSWCompleted - November 2016
ManildraMBSP-NSW-079NSWCompleted - November 2016
CooyarMBSP-QLD-019QLDCompleted - December 2016
Capricorn HighwayMBSP-QLD-014QLDCompleted - February 2017
MolongMBSP-NSW-088NSWCompleted - February 2017
CumnockMBSP-NSW-042NSWCompleted - February 2017
BucklandMBSP-TAS-005TASCompleted - March 2017
Little Swanport (Tasman Hwy)MBSP-TAS-029TASCompleted - March 2017
Okehampton BeachMBSP-TAS-020TAS2017 - April
KumbiaMBSP-QLD-042QLD2017 - May
TakoneMBSP-TAS-026TAS2017 - June
WeethalleMBSP-NSW-135NSW2017 - June
Steppes (Highland Lakes Rd)MBSP-TAS-012TAS2017 - June
Lowesdale (Riverina Hwy)MBSP-NSW-112NSW2017 - June
Bodallin (Great Eastern Hwy)MBSP-WA-046WA2017 - June
AttungaMBSP-NSW-004NSW2017 - Q3
TabbitaMBSP-NSW-120NSW2017 - Q3
UngarieMBSP-NSW-128NSW2017 - Q3
BoynesideMBSP-QLD-010QLD2017 - Q3
Verona SandsMBSP-TAS-030TAS2017 - Q3
TarraleahMBSP-TAS-028TAS2017 - Q3
Tabulam (Bruxner Hwy)MBSP-NSW-022NSW2017 - Q3
WestdaleMBSP-NSW-137NSW2017 - Q3
JemalongMBSP-NSW-066NSW2017 - Q3
KoorawathaMBSP-NSW-071NSW2017 - Q3
GooloogongMBSP-NSW-059NSW2017 - Q3
EugowraMBSP-NSW-054NSW2017 - Q3
Ben Bullen (Castlereagh Hwy)MBSP-NSW-030NSW2017 - Q3
CultowaMBSP-NSW-041NSW2017 - Q3
Manna MountainMBSP-NSW-081NSW2017 - Q3
BillimariaMBSP-NSW-012NSW2017 - Q3
NoonbinnaMBSP-NSW-101NSW2017 - Q3
Oxley ValeMBSP-NSW-105NSW2017 - Q4
SwanseaMBSP-TAS-025TAS2017 - Q4
Mount CarringtonMBSP-NSW-090NSW2017 - Q4
MienaMBSP-TAS-017TAS2017 - Q4
HallsvilleMBSP-NSW-061NSW2017 - Q4
Fossickers WayMBSP-NSW-056NSW2017 - Q4
PiallamoreMBSP-NSW-107NSW2017 - Q4
WarralMBSP-NSW-121NSW2017 - Q4
SavernakeMBSP-NSW-116NSW2017 - Q4
Sandy Hills (Bruxner Hwy)MBSP-NSW-021NSW2017 - Q4
BarrabaMBSP-NSW-008NSW2017 - Q4
DuriMBSP-NSW-050NSW2017 - Q4
Wayatinah (Lyell Hwy)MBSP-TAS-015TAS2017 - Q4
PyenganaMBSP-TAS-021TAS2017 - Q4
PioraMBSP-NSW-109NSW2017 - Q4
Gunbar South (Mid Western Hwy)MBSP-NSW-085NSW2017 - Q4
Gunbar (Mid Western Hwy)MBSP-NSW-086NSW2017 - Q4
MoonbiMBSP-NSW-089NSW2017 - Q4
ApslawnMBSP-TAS-001TAS2017 - Q4
DingoMBSP-QLD-025QLD2017 - Q4
OakdeneMBSP-NSW-104NSW2017 - Q4
GoshenMBSP-TAS-010TAS2017 - Q4
HamiltonMBSP-TAS-011TAS2017 - Q4
ManillaMBSP-NSW-080NSW2017 - Q4
BrandumMBSP-TAS-004TAS2018 - Q1
Culmaran CreekMBSP-NSW-040NSW2018 - Q1
Yelvertoft (Barkly Hwy)MBSP-QLD-003QLD2018 - Q2
Lake Corella (Barkly Hwy)MBSP-QLD-005QLD2018 - Q2
Yellow MountainMBSP2-NSW-008NSW2018 - Q2
Pilliga Forest (Newell Hwy)MBSP-NSW-100NSW2018 - Q2
Glen ValleyMBSP-VIC-042VIC2018 - Q2
Mount HouriganMBSP2-NSW-001NSW2018 - Q2
Doughboy MountainMBSP2-NSW-037NSW2018 - Q2
YollaMBSP2-TAS-006TAS2018 - 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.

Reconnecting Australia

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.

With the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the current USO arrangements underway, we have a once in a generation opportunity to secure a better outcome for regional Australia.

What you can do to help

We encourage you to read the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report, provide your views, and register your interest to be kept informed about the progress of the inquiry and opportunities to provide further input.

Contact your local Member NOW and let them know you support a permanent Mobile Black Spot Program for regional Australia.

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Tim McPhail

Head of Public Policy

Tim McPhail,
Head of Public Policy

As the Regional Connect specialist at Red Wire, Tim is passionate about improving mobile coverage and choice for regional and rural Australia. Tim also advocates for policies to support digital innovation in agriculture.

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