Connecting Queensland’s regions through the Mobile Black Spot Program
- 29 November 2019 10:25AM
The challenge of telecommunications in a state as large as Queensland is significant, and so the department is investing in the National Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP) to help transform telecommunications connectivity for regional and remote communities. Addressing black spots will help improve the way government delivers services and engages the community.
Since Round 1 of the MBSP was announced in June 2015, the Queensland Government has invested $20.81 million (ex GST) to deliver 170 new and improved base stations across the state. This includes pledging $2.28 million (ex GST) in Round 4 in early 2019 for 26 new sites to be built in locations ranging from the state’s far north to the Gold Coast.
Our investment in Round 4 of the program was striking a balance in addressing priority black spot areas across the state, from remote communities to schools in regional areas and supporting high-growth urban fringe areas where communications infrastructure hasn’t been able to keep pace.
The regional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of Yarrabah will receive improved mobile coverage, as will communities using the Northern Peninsula Airport and Eliot Falls camping grounds. This accessibility can transform whole communities.
In the Wide Bay Burnett region, Builyan State School and Bungadoo will benefit from better reception, as will urban fringe areas such as Mapleton, Narangba West, Mount Glorious, South Ripley and Bonogin.
The new infrastructure is expected to come online by the second half of 2020.