In order to reduce the number of “blackspots” in their network, Telstra is rolling out 135 4G cell phone towers in various parts of Australia. While the specific capabilities of the towers are not known yet, Telstra has said that they will provide only 4G signal. This expansion of coverage was made possible through funding provided by the Australian government, which put $94 million towards the cause. Other donors include fellow telecom company Vodafone, which chipped in another $20 million.

Key Takeaways:

  • Telstra will deliver 135 4G small-cell base stations in rural areas across all seven Australian states as part of its involvement in the federal government’s mobile blackspot program.
  • Under round one of the government program to improve cellular coverage in the regions, Telstra said it would commit $165 million of its own money to boost the mobile footprint in rural areas.
  • Telstra is receiving $94.8 million from the federal government to roll out 429 base stations in total across Australia’s regional and remote locations.

“Telstra will deliver 135 4G small-cell base stations in rural areas across all seven Australian states as part of its involvement in the federal government’s mobile blackspot program.”

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