Improving mobile coverage in Queensland
Mobile base stations
Under a joint State and Commonwealth Government arrangement, Queensland communities will receive a boost in mobile phone coverage with 26 new mobile phone base stations.
The Queensland Government is investing $2.5 million to co-fund base stations in partnership with the Commonwealth Government, Telstra and Optus under Round 4 of the national Mobile Black Spot Program. The state will be investing almost $26 million into the program since Round 1 in 2015.
The 26 new base stations bring the total number of base stations funded in Queensland under the program to 170 since Round 1.
We expect the roll-out of Round 4 of the program to start soon, with the first new base stations being activated by the second half of 2019.
- View the list of locations under Round 4 (PDF, 135.24 KB)
- View the list of locations under Round 1 and 2 (PDF, 298.9 KB)
Final base station locations are determined by the telecommunications provider.
4G small cells
In addition to the 170 mobile phone base stations, 78 Telstra 4G small cells (excluding Round 4 base stations) were also installed throughout the State.
These small cells provide new or improved coverage to many hundreds of premises.
View a map of the 4G small cell locations (JPG, 181KB)
How small cells improve services
A small cell is a miniature version of a standard mobile base station. It’s used to boost coverage and capacity in densely populated urban areas, or inside heavily-trafficked areas such as shopping centres or office blocks.
provide high-speed 4G data services over a coverage footprint of approximately 200-300m
support telephone calls and text using a technology called Voice over LTE (VoLTE). This means customers with a VoLTE capable 4G device can make voice calls (All new release handsets, and most released since the beginning of 2016, support VoLTE).
Small cell pools (announced May 2017)
Queensland received 50 4G small cells as part of the state’s co-funding arrangement with Telstra for Round 1 of the black spot program. The Commonwealth Government also allocated 28 additional small cells to be installed in Queensland. Small cell locations that have already been determined are in the following list.
- Alva Beach
- Armstrong Beach
- Binna Burra Resort
- Boreen Point
- Bramston Beach
- Burnett Heads
- Cannon Valley
- El Arish
- Flagstone Creek
- Forest Hill
- Forrest Beach
- Innot Hot Springs
- Lake Tinaroo
- Moranbah Airport
- Mount Alford
- Mourilyan Harbour
- Mount Larcom
- Mount Ossa
- Murray Upper
- Palmer River Roadhouse
- River Ranch
- South Kolan
- Mobile Black Spot Program
- Optus's schedule for rolling out the new sites
- Telstra's schedule for rolling out the new sites
- Vodafone's schedule for rolling out the new sites
- Email: MBSP@hpw.qld.gov.au
- Last updated:
- 29 November 2019