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Mobile Black Spot Program

The Mobile Black Spot Program (the Program) is a Government initiative that invests in telecommunications infrastructure to improve mobile coverage and competition across Australia.

The Program is supported by co-contributions from state and local governments, mobile network operators (OptusTelstraTPG Telecom Ltd (formerly Vodafone) and Field Solutions Group), businesses and local communities.

Under the Program to date (Round 1, Round 2, the Priority Locations Round, Round 4, Round 5 and Round 5A), the Government's commitment has generated a total investment of more than $875 million, to deliver more than 1,270 new mobile base stations across Australia.

For more information about these rounds, including information on how the locations of base stations were selected, see the Mobile Black Spot Program's FAQs page.

Improving Mobile Coverage Round

The Improving Mobile Coverage Round (IMCR) of the Program is implementing the Government's commitments to improve mobile coverage and quality of service at 54 target locations across rural, regional and remote Australia.

As well as improving mobile coverage and quality of service for regional communities, funded solutions under the IMCR will improve mobile coverage on a number of major regional roads and highways.

The Government is consulting with members of the public and the telecommunications industry on the draft Program Guidelines. Visit Grant opportunity guidelines for the Improving Mobile Coverage Round Mobile Black Spot Programto have your say. Consultation will end on Monday 28 November 2022.

Future opportunities

As part of the 2022–23 Budget, the Government is committing $300 million to boost multi-carrier mobile coverage on regional roads, and improve mobile coverage in underserved remote communities.

This commitment forms a key part of the Government's Better Connectivity Plan for Regional and Rural Australia.

Program update—October 2022

The Mobile Black Spot Program is delivering improved coverage outcomes and benefits to the Australian community with 1,047 base stations activated as at 25 October 2022.

Base stations funded under the first five rounds of the Program are scheduled to be operational by 30 June 2023.

Information about the expected timing for individual base stations can be found on the websites of Field Solutions Group, OptusTelstra and TPG Telecom (formerly Vodafone).

Base station delays

Due to a range of external factors outside of the direct control of the mobile network operators, some base stations have experienced delays and require additional time in order to be delivered.

Additional information on delays can be found on the Mobile Black Spot Program's FAQs page.

Base stations that are no longer required or cannot be built

Under the Program there are a small number of planned base stations that cannot be built at the original scheduled location. In these cases the mobile network operator will explore all options to deliver new and improved coverage to the original planned area including investigating alternative sites.

There are also a small number of base stations that are no longer required to be built as coverage is now being delivered by one or more base stations nearby. In these cases the funding for the original base station has been used to fund an alternative site.

Further information, including a list of alternative sites and a list of base stations that will no longer be built under the Program, is available on the Mobile Black Spot Program's FAQs page.

Contacts

Email: mobilecoverage@communications.gov.au.

Mobile Black Spot Program
GPO Box 594
Canberra ACT 2601

Additional information and resources

Round 1 funded base stations

Round 2 funded base stations

Government Priority Locations

Round 4

Round 5

Round 5A

Improving Mobile Coverage Round

Mobile black spot location database

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