Mobile Black Spot Program
The Mobile Black Spot Program is delivering improved mobile network coverage for regional areas. The program will make it easier for residents and businesses to stay connected by fixing mobile phone black spots and improving coverage along major transport routes, in small communities and locations prone to experiencing natural disasters.
The program will deliver over 174 mobile towers, providing regional communities access to infrastructure and services metropolitan areas take for granted. The Mobile Black Spot Program is jointly funded by the Commonwealth Government, NSW Government and telecommunications providers with a total investment to date in NSW of $132 million.
The program is delivering the greatest increase in mobile network coverage to regional and remote areas by a single public funding program in the history of Australian mobile communications.
This first round of the program will fix up to 795 mobile phone black spots and deliver up to 144 new or upgraded mobile base stations that will cover more than 14,000 square kilometres to benefit businesses and residents in regional NSW. The upgrades commenced in December 2015 and all locations selected in round one are expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
The NSW Government is providing over $24 million for round 1 of the program as part of a co-investment of almost $92 million in funding from the NSW and Commonwealth Governments and mobile carriers.
The second round of the program will deliver at least 39 new towers to provide more communities and businesses across regional NSW with internet access.
The NSW Government is committing $15 million for round 2 of the program as part of a co-investment of almost $40 million in funding from the NSW and Commonwealth Governments and mobile carriers.
- View the Mobile Black Spot Program fact sheet
A map of all black spots and the sites to be funded throughout Australia, including those in NSW, can be found at the Communications tab on the Commonwealth Government's national map.
You can find out more about the Mobile Black Spot Program, including a build schedule for target locations at the Commonwealth Government's Mobile Black Spot Program site.
- NSW Government continues to switch on the regions 1 December 2016
- $15 million in new money to target more mobile black spots 21 June 2016
- Mobile black spots to be eliminated in NSW 16 February 2016