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Peri-Urban Mobile Program

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.

Outcomes announced

On 22 July 2022, the Minister for Communications, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP, announced the full list of sites receiving funding under PUMP.

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 PDF: 135 KB 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.

The rollout of funded solutions is expected to commence shortly.

The Program

PUMP was announced as part of the 2021-22 Budget. The program targets long standing mobile coverage and reception issues in the peri-urban fringes of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart.

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.

The first round of the program opened in December 2021. Applications closed on 18 February 2022 and were subject to a competitive assessment process. The Grant Opportunity Guidelines and further information about the application process is available from GrantConnect.

You can view the funded locations via the National Map.

Consultation on the design of the program

On 29 July 2021, the Government released the draft program guidelines for a four-week public consultation. Feedback from this process informed the development of the program guidelines. Further information on the consultation can be found at the PUMP Have your say page.

Peri-Urban Mobile Program
GPO Box 594
Canberra ACT 2601

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