City mobile base stations part of Telstra $17m roll out
MOBILE phone black spots in Toowoomba and the wider region will finally be filled within the current financial year.
Telecommunications giant Telstra announced another $17 million in funding in Toowoomba today to plug gaps in its coverage across southern Queensland, as well as to finish upgrading mobile towers to 4G.
Southern Queensland area general manager Darren Clark said new base stations at Newtown, Mount Tyson, Ravensbourne and Doctor Creek (Haden) were among 46 new projects or upgrades planned for the next six months.
"We've seen a 60 per cent increase in data traffic each year for the past five years,” he said.
"We need to make sure we're investing for people to have the connectivity they need.
"There's a mix of projects across the region - there are a number here right in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs area, as well as west out in St George, Blackall, Tambo regions.
"Places (in Toowoomba) like Doctor Creek, Mount Tyson and Wilsonton are just a few to mention.”
Telstra hasn't even finished the roll out of 4G across south-west Queensland, yet is already trialling 5G on the Gold Coast to test its network capabilities.
But Mr Clark said his first priority was to finish upgrading regional centres with 4G, which offered download speeds of up to 75 megabits per second.
"Just recently, if we look at further investment, we just announced that we are starting to look at the first trials of 5G,” he said.
"While we've been investing in 4G, we're already now looking at the next technology which will deliver even faster data speeds.”
Mayor Paul Antonio, who was with Mr Clark for the announcement, said stronger mobile coverage was one of the top concerns among residents.
"We know that there are gaps in the network here, but an investment of $17 million is good news,” he said.