Strathmerton residents and visitors persistently dogged by poor phone reception in the area will finally see some improvements in coverage after Telstra announced that $12million will be spent on 20 projects delivering new or improved mobile coverage for people living, working or travelling in and around Bendigo and northern Victoria.
The investment will be delivered through capacity and speed upgrades to existing base stations, new small cells for 4G coverage, as well as Telstra’s contribution to the Mobile Black Spot Program.
‘‘We know mobile coverage is a key priority for people and businesses in regional and rural area. In northern Victoria, this investment includes three projects to upgrade our mobile network in locations such as Stanhope and Strathmerton,’’ Telstra area general manager Steve Tinker said.
The FY18 investment further strengthens Telstra’s regional mobile network, which has been a core focus for the company for decades.
‘‘Telstra has a long history of investing in regional Australia, and over the last three years has invested $2.2billion in its regional mobile network so more Australians can experience a connected world that supports their way of life,’’ Mr Tinker said.