Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
Western Australia Minister for Science and Innovation John Day
Better Mobile And Internet Coverage Rolls Out
Victor P Taffa
- RMCP improves mobile and internet coverage across regional WA
- Towers at Balladonia and Caiguna service Goldfields-Esperance
- Tower at Mukinbudin services Wheatbelt; tower at Minilya services Gascoyne
Four new mobile phone towers were recently commissioned by Telstra under the $39.2 Million State Government’s Royalties for Regions Regional Mobile Communications Project (RMCP).
RMCP, which is improving mobile telephone coverage and access to high-speed wireless broadband across regional Western Australia, will provide new mobile phone towers to Balladonia, Caiguna, Mukinbudin and Minilya.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the RMCP was providing near-continuous coverage along major highways in the Goldfields-Esperance, Wheatbelt and Gascoyne regions and filled a much-needed social and economic gap.
“Telecommunications are essential for the regional communities to conduct business and keep in touch with friends and family.” Mr. Grylls said.
“I am also pleased the RMCP is improving the safety of community volunteers who often rely on mobile communications when co-ordinating efforts in response to bushfires, car accidents and other crisis events.”
“The RMCP also complements the $94.5 Million State Government’s Royalties for Regions-funded digital radio communications upgrade for all regional WA Police officers.”
Science and Innovation Minister John Day said the towers would benefit people living, working and visiting the regions, as well as improve the delivery of vital community services.
“Balladonia and Caiguna, on the Eyre Highway, are receiving mobile coverage for the first time, which will make a significant difference for community members and drivers in terms of safety and peace of mind.” Mr. Day said.
“Internet speeds in Mukinbudin have increased, bringing them closer to speeds experienced in Perth. This is helping local communities access the internet.”
- RMCP administered by Dept of Commerce in consultation with Dept of Regional Development and Lands
- State Govt’s Royalties for Regions program administered by Dept of Regional Development and Lands
- Telstra awarded $39.2 Million Royalties for Regions funding to implement RMCP, January 2012
- To date, more than 30 towers have been rolled out through RMCP
- 113 towers to be delivered in next two years