Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Regions set to dial up faster internet

The NSW Government says it will deliver new mobile phone towers, and a faster and more reliable wireless broadband internet service to regional communities, courtesy of the $50 million Connecting Country Communities Fund.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro said 21 new mobile phone towers will be delivered in partnership with Optus and Telstra, and the wireless broadband service will be delivered by rural communications carrier Yless4U.

“This funding will contribute to a significant improvement in internet connectivity speeds that will reach more than double current speeds by September 2021, and further improve by May 2025,” Mr Barilaro said. 

“This will improve safety, boost opportunities for businesses, increase community access to services, connect family and friends, and ensure younger residents can access the online educational resources they need.”

Minister for Customer Service, Victor Dominello said the $50m funding, which is being delivered in partnership between the Department of Regional NSW and the NSW Telecommunications Authority, is a big win for regional NSW and would help strengthen communities.

“This funding will enhance existing assets including towers, land, fibre and backhaul as well as building new infrastructure to enable communities to be better connected,” Mr Dominello said.

“Now more than ever, access to a strong mobile phone service and faster and more reliable internet is as important as road, rail and electricity infrastructure.”

Areas set to benefit from improved internet connectivity under the announcement include:

  • Bungendore
  • Carwoola
  • Collector
  • Googong
  • Gundaroo
  • Gunning
  • Michelago
  • Murrumbateman
  • Royalla
  • Tarago
  • Wallaroo

The 21 new mobile phone towers will be delivered as follows:

Site LocationProvider
Fernleigh Optus
Main ArmOptus
Bourbah  Telstra
Spring PlainsTelstra
The Lake Tower Telstra
Golden Highway Uarbry  Telstra
Tanja Optus
Lowanna EastOptus
Mount BodangoraOptus
Bannaby Hill Optus
Mt Mary Optus
Rosebank Optus
Cawongla Optus
Rock ValleyOptus
Majors CreekOptus
Rouchel BrookOptus

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