The Peri-Urban Mobile Program (PUMP) is a grants program that provides funding to improve mobile connectivity in bushfire priority areas along the edges of Australia's major cities.
The program targets long standing mobile coverage and reception issues in the peri-urban fringes of Australia's major cities, including on the underserved fringes of large regional cities like Geelong, the Gold Coast, and Newcastle.
The peri-urban fringe is where the bush meets the edges of the suburbs, creating natural disaster risks for those living and working in those areas. These areas have been underserved because of their high cost, difficult terrain and lower population densities.
PUMP complements the Mobile Black Spot Program, providing grant funding to mobile network operators and infrastructure providers to deploy new mobile phone infrastructure to address mobile reception and coverage issues in peri-urban areas.
Round 1 outcomes
PUMP is providing $28.2 million in funding to Optus, Telstra and TPG to deliver 66 4G and 5G mobile coverage solutions at 50 locations on the peri-urban fringe of Australia's major cities.
These solutions will improve mobile connectivity for people living and working in areas of natural disaster risk, allowing communities to receive vital information during emergencies, seek help if needed and stay in touch with loved ones.
You can view the funded locations via the National Map. The rollout of funded solutions is expected to commence shortly.
Rounds 2 and 3
As part of the 2022–23 Budget, the Government has committed $39.1 million for two new rounds of the program. These new rounds will expand the program to include mobile reception and quality of service issues in the peri-urban fringes of large regional cities like Geelong, the Gold Coast, and Newcastle.
Further information on the implementation process for these new rounds, including timelines and consultation processes, will be provided available by as the rounds develop.
Additional information and resources
- The Round 1 Guidelines are available on GrantConnect
- A map of the funded PUMP locations is available on the National Map.
Further information on the consultation process for Round 1 can be found at the PUMP Have your say page.