About The Mobile Black Spot Program

The Mobile Black Spot Program is a Federal Government initiative to improve and extend mobile phone coverage in regional and remote Australia. The Federal Government has committed $220 million to this Program, which has been co-invested by State Governments, local governments, businesses, community organisations and telecommunications providers.

Under Round 2 of the Program, Optus successfully secured $26.4 million in Federal and State Government funding to build 114 new mobile sites, with Optus co-contributing a further $36.4 million to provide dedicated connectivity to thousands of Australians. Optus’ bid includes funding for 65 mobile base stations as well as the deployment of 49 satellite small cells.

For more information on where Optus’ sites will be built, see our site locator.

For more information on the Mobile Black Spot Program, see here.

Optus´ Commitment to Regional Australia

Optus is committed to providing mobile coverage to regional Australia. We believe that real investment in regional and remote telecommunications services is the only sustainable way to improve competition, strength and breadth of coverage in regional Australia.

Our participation in the Mobile Black Spot Program reaffirms Optus’ unrelenting dedication to network investment in metropolitan, regional, holiday and remote locations across Australia. The Program builds on our existing and significant network expansion programs in regional Australia. Since March 2016, Optus has delivered over 80 new base stations and upgraded over 470 existing sites to 4G across regional Australia to provide increased coverage and competition. Our network underpins everything we do, so that our customers can have access to reliable mobile coverage and high quality internet, no matter where they live.

For more information about the Optus mobile network, please see our coverage maps.


 

Mobile Black Spot Site Locator

See where our sites are located and where we’ll be bringing increased coverage across Australia.

Rollout Schedule Of Mobile Black Spot Sites

Optus is working hard to ensure all our sites are operational by July 2018.

Below if a list of our planned locations under the Mobile Black Spot Program and our indicative rollout schedule.

Station name Station identifier Estimated Completion Cell Technology
YARRABANDINNI OPT-025-NSW 2017 Q4 Macrocell
THE HOMESTEAD OPT-027-NSW 2018 Q1 Macrocell
WALDAIRA OPT-028-NSW 2017 Q4 Macrocell
Temora West OPT-032-NSW 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Trungley Hall OPT-033-NSW 2017 Q4 Macrocell
Firefly OPT-044-NSW 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Brierfield OPT-053-NSW 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Napoleon Reef OPT-058-NSW 2018 Q2 Macrocell
South Cadia OPT-059-NSW 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Mount McDonald OPT-056-NSW 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Summer hill Creek OPT-049-NSW 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Calga Airport OPT-001-NSW 2017 Q4 Macrocell
North East of Nymboida OPT-003-NSW 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Wisemans Ferry Rd OPT-010-NSW 2018 Q1 Macrocell
Spencer OPT-013-NSW 2018 Q1 Macrocell
Dunoon OPT-017-NSW 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Mt Douglas OPT-037-NSW 2017 Q4 Macrocell
ST ALBANS NSW OPT-039-NSW 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Station name Station identifier Estimated completion Cell Technology
PUNTABIE OPT-019-SA 2018 Q1 Macrocell
WINNINOWIE OPT-020-SA 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Parawa OPT-022-SA 2018 Q2 Macrocell1
Coward Springs OPT-023-SA 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Parachilna Pub OPT-024-SA 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Blinman OPT-025-SA 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Maree OPT-026-SA 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
William Creek OPT-027-SA 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Innamincka OPT-028-SA 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Beltana Station OPT-029-SA 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Rawnsley Park Station OPT-030-SA 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Mindarie OPT-035-SA 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Wynarka OPT-036-SA 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Stokes Bay OPT-037-SA 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Farm Beach OPT-038-SA 2018 Q2 Satellite Small Cell
Station name Station identifier Estimated completion cell technology
Strathgordon OPT-005-TAS 2018 Q2 Satellite Small Cell
Buckland North OPT-004-TAS 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Station name Station identifier Estimated completion cell technology
Mt Dom Dom OPT-005-VIC 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Boorool OPT-011-VIC 2018 Q1 Macrocell
Laharum OPT-001-VIC 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Gembrook North OPT-006-VIC 2018 Q1 Macrocell
Yaapeet OPT-023-VIC 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Lexton OPT-030-VIC 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Waubra OPT-031-VIC 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Amphitheatre OPT-032-VIC 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Lake Meran OPT-033-VIC 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Baranduda Range OPT-036-VIC 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Lorne South OPT-037-VIC 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Bena OPT-040-VIC 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Redesdale OPT-045-VIC 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Myamyn OPT-046-VIC 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Nullawil OPT-047-VIC 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Wandiligong OPT-049-VIC 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Station name Station identifier Estimated completion cell technology
El Questro OPT-001-WA 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Emma George OPT-002-WA 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Tjukayirla Roadhouse OPT-003-WA 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Millstream Homestead OPT-004-WA 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Bell Gorge OPT-005-WA 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Mt Barnett RH OPT-006-WA 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Karijini Eco Resort OPT-007-WA 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Karijini Campground OPT-008-WA 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Karijini Visitor Centre OPT-009-WA 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Drysdale River Station OPT-010-WA 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Ilkurlka Roadhouse OPT-011-WA 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Home Valley Station OPT-012-WA 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Kalumburu OPT-013WA 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Ellenbrae Station OPT-014-WA 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Purnululu 2 - Wilderness Lodge OPT-015-WA 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Purnululu 3 - Kurrajong OPT-016-WA 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Purnululu Vistor Centre OPT-017-WA 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Mindibunga OPT-018-WA 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Alexander Bay (CG) OPT-021-WA 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Cape Le Grand (Lucky Bay CG) OPT-022-WA 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Tjuntjuntjara OPT-023-WA 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Mt Augustus OPT-024-WA 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Kennedy Ranges National Park OPT-025-WA 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Station name Station identifier Estimated completion Cell technology
Aurora Kakadu OPT-001-NT 2017 Q3 Satellite Small Cell
Bark Hut Inn OPT-003-NT 2017 Q3 Satellite Small Cell
Mary River Roadhouse OPT-004-NT 2017 Q3 Satellite Small Cell
Cape Crawford OPT-005-NT 2017 Q3 Satellite Small Cell
Kings Creek Station OPT-006-NT 2017 Q3 Satellite Small Cell
Kings Canyon Resort OPT-007-NT 2017 Q3 Satellite Small Cell
Gem Tree OPT-008-NT 2017 Q3 Satellite Small Cell
Florence Falls OPT-009-NT 2017 Q3 Satellite Small Cell
Litchfield Ranger Station OPT-010-NT 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Wangi Falls OPT-011-NT 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Stuarts Well Roadhouse OPT-012-NT 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
VICTORIA RIVER ROADHOUSE OPT-013-NT 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Devils Marbles Hotel OPT-015-NT 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Station name Station identifier Estimated completion cell technology
West Hill OPT-002-QLD 2017 Q2 Macrocell
BA Avoca Station OPT-029-QLD 2017 Q2 Macrocell
BA Brucedale OPT-006-QLD 2017 Q2 Macrocell
BA Blue Lagoon OPT-007-QLD 2017 Q2 Macrocell
BA Mirrabooka OPT-008-QLD 2017 Q2 Macrocell
BA Nardoo OPT-009-QLD 2017 Q2 Macrocell
Yangan OPT-010-QLD 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Whyanbeel OPT-016-QLD 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Cape Tribulation OPT-028-QLD 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Redridge North OPT-019-QLD 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Avondale OPT-020-QLD 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Boodjamulla National Park OPT-021-QLD 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Takarakka Bush Camp OPT-022-QLD 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Carnarvon Wilderness Lodge OPT-023-QLD 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre OPT-025-QLD 2017 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Wide Bay Highway OPT-030-QLD 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Pawngilly OPT-031-QLD 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Windfield OPT-032-QLD 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Bunundarra OPT-033-QLD 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Boreen Point OPT-035-QLD 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Cootharaba Road OPT-036-QLD 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Kidaman Creek OPT-037-QLD 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Tinaroo OPT-038-QLD 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Doctors Creek north Road OPT-039-QLD 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Hampton OPT-040-QLD 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Maidenwell OPT-042-QLD 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Maroondan OPT-043-QLD 2018 Q2 Macrocell

Note: The areas and scheduled timeframes illustrated are only indicative only and are subject to change.

Optus´ investment in expanding mobile coverage to regional and remote Australia was made possible by the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program. We thank the Federal Government and all State Governments for investing in such a crucial program which will ensure those living in remote and regional areas have access to reliable mobile coverage.

We would also like to thank those local governments, businesses and communities that we have met with for their dedication and support for this Program.


 

How Can I Partner With Optus To Secure Coverage For My Local Area?

Optus is committed to delivering a strong and widespread network for all Australians and continues to expand its mobile network by investing in 4G and 3G services across Australia. We pride ourselves on listening to the needs of communities in regional Australia and there have been many examples of where these discussions have resulted in positive outcomes for communities receiving dedicated mobile phone coverage for the first time, including locations within Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Program.

If you’d like to start a conversation about how to bring dedicated and reliable mobile coverage to your community, or partner and co-invest with Optus towards building a site, please contact us at mobileblackspotprogramme@optus.com.au

Want To Know More?

The Federal Government has announced an additional $60 million investment to deliver Round 3 of the Program, which will open for applications later in 2017.

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