The Australian government has revealed which telcos will be taking a slice of the AU$60 million funding under round three of the mobile blackspots program, with Telstra being designated almost 90 locations across the nation.
Under the so-called "priority" round of the mobile blackspots program, Telstra will build out macro base stations in Baldersleigh, Bombala, Brooklyn/Dangar Island, Carwoola, Clyde Mountain, Copeton Dam, Crosslands Reserve, Delegate, Dirnaseer, East Lynne, Fig Tree Hill, Gresford, Grose Vale, Kangaroo Valley, Killcare, Kingstown, Megalong Valley, Nammoona, Ramornie, Sussex Inlet/Wandandian/Bewong, Wantabadgery, Wendoree Park, Yellow Rock, and Yorklea, New South Wales.
In Queensland, Telstra is building out macro base stations in Beachmere, Beerwah, Belmont, Burbank, Cashmere, Cedar Creek, Clermont, Daintree/Cape Tribulation, Dawson Developmental Road, Dayboro, Emu Park, Glass House Mountains, Highvale, Karana Downs, Koumala/Sarina Range, Meringandan, Mount Crosby, Mount Ossa, North Stradbroke Island, Pacific Haven, Palm Island, Poona, Rules Beach, Samford, Taroom, Toolakea, Undullah/Flagstone, Upper Ulam Road, Weipa, Wide Bay Highway, Wonga Beach, Yalboroo, and Yeppoon.
Telstra is also building macro base stations in Ashbourne, Bute/Alford, Gosse/Stokes Bay, Kalangadoo, Kybybolite, and Robertstown, South Australia; Blackstone Heights, Devonport, Gunns Plains, and Musselroe Bay, Tasmania; Beaconsfield Upper, Birregurra, Chum Creek, Gembrook, Gunbower, Guys Hill, Hyland Highway, Katunga, Mount Evelyn, Red Hill, and Shoreham, Victoria; and Bickley, Bullsbrook, Chidlow, Parkerville, Serpentine/Keysbrook, and Swan Valley, Western Australia.
Telstra will also build small cell base stations under the priority locations round in Tathra and Tumut, NSW.
Optus was allocated government funding to build out 12 macro base stations in Fullerton Cove and Mount Seaview, NSW; Alva Beach, Cedar Creek, Donnybrook, Moreton Island, and Russell Island, Queensland; and Beechford/Lefroy, Lachlan, Murdunna, Wilmot, and Yolla, Tasmania.
According to Optus, it received AU$5.5 million in federal government funding for the 12 sites, to which Optus