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.

Under the Priority Location Round, Optus successfully secured $5.5 million in Federal Government funding to build 12 new mobile sites, with Optus co-contributing a further $2.3 million. In addition to these 12 sites, Optus plans to invest in four of the Government’s Priority locations as part of our future rollout plan. For more information on the Mobile Black Spot Program, see here.

Optus´ Commitment to Regional Australia

Optus is committed to providing mobile coverage, competition and choice 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. 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.


 

Rollout Schedule Of Mobile Black Spot Sites

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

Due to a range of external factors outside of our direct control, some base stations have experienced delays and require additional time in order to be delivered. We expect that all sites will be operational by July 2019.

Please note that all references to Q1 - Q4 are for the Australian calendar year.

Station name Station identifier Estimated Completion Cell Technology
Brierfield OPT-053-NSW 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Calga Airport OPT-001-NSW In Service Macrocell
Dunoon OPT-017-NSW 2018 Q4 Macrocell
Firefly OPT-044-NSW 2018 Q4 Macrocell
Fullerton Cove OPT-MBSPPL-012 2019 Q2 Macrocell
Mount McDonald OPT-056-NSW 2018 Q4 Macrocell
Mount Seaview OPT-MBSPPL-019 2019 Q2 Macrocell
Mt Douglas OPT-037-NSW In Service Macrocell
Napoleon Reef OPT-058-NSW 2018 Q4 Macrocell
North East of Nymboida OPT-003-NSW In Service Macrocell
South Cadia OPT-059-NSW 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Spencer OPT-013-NSW 2019 Q1 Macrocell
ST ALBANS NSW OPT-039-NSW 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Summer hill Creek OPT-049-NSW 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Temora West OPT-032-NSW In Service Macrocell
THE HOMESTEAD OPT-027-NSW 2019 Q2 Macrocell
Trungley Hall OPT-033-NSW 2018 Q4 Macrocell
WALDAIRA OPT-028-NSW 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Wisemans Ferry Rd OPT-010-NSW 2018 Q4 Macrocell
YARRABANDINNI OPT-025-NSW In Service Macrocell
Station name Station identifier Estimated completion Cell technology
Bark Hut Inn OPT-003-NT 2018 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Cape Crawford OPT-005-NT In Service Satellite Small Cell
Devils Marbles Hotel OPT-015-NT In Service Satellite Small Cell
Florence Falls OPT-009-NT 2018 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Gem Tree OPT-008-NT In Service Satellite Small Cell
Kings Canyon Resort OPT-007-NT In Service Satellite Small Cell
Kings Creek Station OPT-006-NT In Service Satellite Small Cell
Litchfield Ranger Station OPT-010-NT 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Mary River Roadhouse OPT-004-NT In Service Satellite Small Cell
Stuarts Well Roadhouse OPT-012-NT In Service Satellite Small Cell
VICTORIA RIVER ROADHOUSE OPT-013-NT In Service Satellite Small Cell
Wangi Falls OPT-011-NT 2018 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Station name Station identifier Estimated completion cell technology
Alva Beach OPT-MBSPPL-029 2019 Q2 Macrocell
Avondale OPT-020-QLD In Service Macrocell
BA Avoca Station OPT-029-QLD In Service Macrocell
BA Blue Lagoon OPT-007-QLD In Service Macrocell
BA Brucedale OPT-006-QLD In Service Macrocell
BA Mirrabooka OPT-008-QLD In Service Macrocell
BA Nardoo OPT-009-QLD In Service Macrocell
Boodjamulla National Park OPT-021-QLD In Service Satellite Small Cell
Boreen Point OPT-035-QLD 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Bunundarra OPT-033-QLD 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Cape Tribulation OPT-028-QLD 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre OPT-025-QLD 2018 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Carnarvon Wilderness Lodge OPT-023-QLD In Service Satellite Small Cell
Ceder Creek OPT-MBSPPL-035 2019 Q2 Macrocell
Cootharaba Road OPT-036-QLD 2018 Q4 Macrocell
Doctors Creek north Road OPT-039-QLD 2018 Q4 Macrocell
Donnybrook OPT-MBSPPL-040 2019 Q2 Macrocell
Hampton OPT-040-QLD 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Kidaman Creek OPT-037-QLD 2018 Q4 Macrocell
Maidenwell OPT-042-QLD 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Maroondan OPT-043-QLD 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Moreton Island OPT-MBSPPL-047 2019 Q2 Macrocell
Pawngilly OPT-031-QLD 2018 Q4 Macrocell
Redridge North OPT-002-QLD In Service Macrocell
Russell Island 2 OPT-MBSPPL-056 2019 Q2 Macrocell
Takarakka Bush Camp OPT-022-QLD In Service Satellite Small Cell
Tinaroo OPT-038-QLD 2019 Q1 Macrocell
West Hill OPT-002-QLD In Service Macrocell
Whyanbeel OPT-016-QLD 2018 Q4 Macrocell
Wide Bay Highway OPT-030-QLD 2018 Q4 Macrocell
Windfield OPT-032-QLD 2018 Q4 Macrocell
Yangan OPT-010-QLD In Service Macrocell
Station name Station identifier Estimated completion Cell Technology
Beltana Station OPT-029-SA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Blinman OPT-025-SA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Coward Springs OPT-023-SA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Farm Beach OPT-038-SA 2018 Q4 Macrocell
Innamincka OPT-028-SA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Maree OPT-026-SA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Mindarie OPT-035-SA 2018 Q4 Macrocell
Parachilna Pub OPT-024-SA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Parawa OPT-022-SA In Service Macrocell
PUNTABIE OPT-019-SA 2018 Q4 Macrocell
Rawnsley Park Station OPT-030-SA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Stokes Bay OPT-037-SA In Service Satellite Small Cell
William Creek OPT-027-SA In Service Satellite Small Cell
WINNINOWIE OPT-020-SA 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Wynarka OPT-036-SA 2018 Q4  
Station name Station identifier Estimated completion cell technology
Strathgordon OPT-005-TAS In Service Satellite Small Cell
Buckland North OPT-004-TAS 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Beechford/Lefroy OPT-MBSPPL-075 2019 Q2 Macrocell
Lachlan OPT-MBSPPL-079 2019 Q2 Macrocell
Murdunna OPT-MBSPPL-080 2019 Q2 Macrocell
Wilmot OPT-MBSPPL-082 2019 Q2 Macrocell
Yolla OPT-MBSPPL-083 2019 Q2 Macrocell
Station name Station identifier Estimated completion cell technology
Amphitheatre OPT-032-VIC 2018 Q4 Macrocell
Baranduda Range OPT-036-VIC 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Bena OPT-040-VIC 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Boorool OPT-011-VIC In Service Macrocell
Gembrook North OPT-006-VIC 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Laharum OPT-001-VIC In Service Macrocell
Lake Meran OPT-033-VIC In Service Macrocell
Lexton OPT-030-VIC 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Lorne South OPT-037-VIC 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Mt Dom Dom OPT-005-VIC 2018 Q4 Macrocell
Myamyn OPT-046-VIC In Service Macrocell
Nullawil OPT-047-VIC 2018 Q4 Macrocell
Redesdale OPT-045-VIC 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Wandiligong OPT-049-VIC 2018 Q4 Macrocell
Waubra OPT-031-VIC 2019 Q1 Macrocell
Yaapeet OPT-023-VIC In Service Macrocell
Station name Station identifier Estimated completion cell technology
Alexander Bay OPT-021-WA 2018 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Bell Gorge OPT-005-WA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Cape Le Grand OPT-022-WA 2019 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
El Questro OPT-001-WA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Ellenbrae Station OPT-014-WA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Emma George OPT-002-WA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Home Valley Station OPT-012-WA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Ilkurlka Roadhouse OPT-011-WA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Kalumburu OPT-013-WA 2018 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Karijini Campground OPT-008-WA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Karijini Eco Resort OPT-007-WA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Karijini Visitor Centre OPT-009-WA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Kennedy Ranges National Park OPT-025-WA 2018 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Millstream Homestead OPT-004-WA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Mindibunga OPT-018-WA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Mt Augustus OPT-024-WA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Mt Barnett RH OPT-006-WA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Purnululu 2 - Wilderness Lodge OPT-015-WA 2018 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Purnululu 3 - Kurrajong OPT-016-WA 2018 Q4 Satellite Small Cell
Purnululu Vistor Centre OPT-017-WA In Service Satellite Small Cell
Tjukayirla Roadhouse OPT-003-WA 2019 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Tjuntjuntjara OPT-023-WA In Service Satellite Small Cell

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 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 $25 million investment to deliver Round 4 of the program, the results of which will be announced in early 2019.

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