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.

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

Station name Station identifier MBSP Identifier Estimated Completion Cell Technology
YARRABANDINNI OPT-025-NSW MBSP2-NSW-039 In Service Macrocell
THE HOMESTEAD OPT-027-NSW MBSP2-NSW-031 2018 Q2 Macrocell
WALDAIRA OPT-028-NSW MBSP2-NSW-033 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Temora West OPT-032-NSW MBSP2-NSW-030 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Trungley Hall OPT-033-NSW MBSP2-NSW-032 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Firefly OPT-044-NSW MBSP2-NSW-010 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Brierfield OPT-053-NSW MBSP2-NSW-005 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Napoleon Reef OPT-058-NSW MBSP2-NSW-019 2018 Q2 Macrocell
South Cadia OPT-059-NSW MBSP2-NSW-026 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Mount McDonald OPT-056-NSW MBSP2-NSW-017 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Summer hill Creek OPT-049-NSW MBSP2-NSW-029 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Calga Airport OPT-001-NSW MBSP2-NSW-007 2018 Q2 Macrocell
North East of Nymboida OPT-003-NSW MBSP2-NSW-021 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Wisemans Ferry Rd OPT-010-NSW MBSP2-NSW-036 2018 Q1 Macrocell
Spencer OPT-013-NSW MBSP2-NSW-027 2018 Q1 Macrocell
Dunoon OPT-017-NSW MBSP2-NSW-009 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Mt Douglas OPT-037-NSW MBSP2-NSW-018 In Service Macrocell
ST ALBANS NSW OPT-039-NSW MBSP2-NSW-028 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Station name Station identifier MBSP Identifier Estimated completion Cell Technology
PUNTABIE OPT-019-SA MBSP2-SA-014 2018 Q1 Macrocell
WINNINOWIE OPT-020-SA MBSP2-SA-019 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Parawa OPT-022-SA MBSP2-SA-012 2018 Q2 Macrocell1
Coward Springs OPT-023-SA MBSP2-SA-003 2018 Q2 Satellite Small Cell
Parachilna Pub OPT-024-SA MBSP2-SA-011 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Blinman OPT-025-SA MBSP2-SA-002 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Maree OPT-026-SA MBSP2-SA-008 In Service Satellite Small Cell
William Creek OPT-027-SA MBSP2-SA-018 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Innamincka OPT-028-SA MBSP2-SA-006 2018 Q2 Satellite Small Cell
Beltana Station OPT-029-SA MBSP2-SA-001 2018 Q2 Satellite Small Cell
Rawnsley Park Station OPT-030-SA MBSP2-SA-015 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Mindarie OPT-035-SA MBSP2-SA-009 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Wynarka OPT-036-SA MBSP2-SA-020 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Stokes Bay OPT-037-SA MBSP2-SA-017 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Farm Beach OPT-038-SA MBSP2-SA-005 2018 Q2 Satellite Small Cell
Station name Station identifier MBSP Identifier Estimated completion cell technology
Strathgordon OPT-005-TAS MBSP2-TAS-003 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Buckland North OPT-004-TA MBSP2-TAS-002 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Station name Station identifier MBSP Identifier Estimated completion cell technology
Mt Dom Dom OPT-005-VIC MBSP2-VIC-019 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Boorool OPT-011-VIC MBSP2-VIC-006 2018 Q1 Macrocell
Laharum OPT-001-VIC MBSP2-VIC-013 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Gembrook North OPT-006-VIC MBSP2-VIC-009 2018 Q1 Macrocell
Yaapeet OPT-023-VIC MBSP2-VIC-032 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Lexton OPT-030-VIC MBSP2-VIC-015 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Waubra OPT-031-VIC MBSP2-VIC-031 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Amphitheatre OPT-032-VIC MBSP2-VIC-001 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Lake Meran OPT-033-VIC MBSP2-VIC-014 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Baranduda Range OPT-036-VIC MBSP2-VIC-002 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Lorne South OPT-037-VIC MBSP2-VIC-016 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Bena OPT-040-VIC MBSP2-VIC-004 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Redesdale OPT-045-VIC MBSP2-VIC-023 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Myamyn OPT-046-VIC MBSP2-VIC-020 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Nullawil OPT-047-VIC MBSP2-VIC-021 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Wandiligong OPT-049-VIC MBSP2-VIC-029 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Station name Station identifier MBSP Identifier Estimated completion cell technology
El Questro OPT-001-WA MBSP2-WA-017 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Emma George OPT-002-WA MBSP2-WA-019 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Tjukayirla Roadhouse OPT-003-WA MBSP2-WA-067 2018 Q2 Satellite Small Cell
Millstream Homestead OPT-004-WA MBSP2-WA-038 2018 Q2 Satellite Small Cell
Bell Gorge OPT-005-WA MBSP2-WA-006 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Mt Barnett RH OPT-006-WA MBSP2-WA-045 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Karijini Eco Resort OPT-007-WA MBSP2-WA-029 2018 Q2 Satellite Small Cell
Karijini Campground OPT-008-WA MBSP2-WA-028 2018 Q2 Satellite Small Cell
Karijini Visitor Centre OPT-009-WA MBSP2-WA-030 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Drysdale River Station OPT-010-WA MBSP2-WA-016 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Ilkurlka Roadhouse OPT-011-WA MBSP2-WA-025 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Home Valley Station OPT-012-WA MBSP2-WA-024 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Kalumburu OPT-013WA MBSP2-WA-027 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Ellenbrae Station OPT-014-WA MBSP2-WA-018 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Purnululu 2 - Wilderness Lodge OPT-015-WA MBSP2-WA-056 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Purnululu 3 - Kurrajong OPT-016-WA MBSP2-WA-057 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Purnululu Vistor Centre OPT-017-WA MBSP2-WA-058 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Mindibunga OPT-018-WA MBSP2-WA-039 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Alexander Bay (CG) OPT-021-WA MBSP2-WA-003 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Cape Le Grand (Lucky Bay CG) OPT-022-WA MBSP2-WA-010 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Tjuntjuntjara OPT-023-WA MBSP2-WA-068 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Mt Augustus OPT-024-WA MBSP2-WA-044 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Kennedy Ranges National Park OPT-025-WA MBSP2-WA-031 2018 Q1 Satellite Small Cell
Station name Station identifier MBSP Identifier Estimated completion Cell technology
Aurora Kakadu OPT-001-NT MBSP2-NT-001 2018 Q2 Satellite Small Cell
Bark Hut Inn OPT-003-NT MBSP2-NT-002 2018 Q2 Satellite Small Cell
Mary River Roadhouse OPT-004-NT MBSP2-NT-012 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Cape Crawford OPT-005-NT MBSP2-NT-004 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Kings Creek Station OPT-006-NT MBSP2-NT-010 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Kings Canyon Resort OPT-007-NT MBSP2-NT-009 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Gem Tree OPT-008-NT MBSP2-NT-008 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Florence Falls OPT-009-NT MBSP2-NT-007 2018 Q2 Satellite Small Cell
Litchfield Ranger Station OPT-010-NT MBSP2-NT-011 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Wangi Falls OPT-011-NT MBSP2-NT-015 2018 Q2 Satellite Small Cell
Stuarts Well Roadhouse OPT-012-NT MBSP2-NT-013 In Service Satellite Small Cell
VICTORIA RIVER ROADHOUSE OPT-013-NT MBSP2-NT-014 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Devils Marbles Hotel OPT-015-NT MBSP2-NT-006 In Service Satellite Small Cell
Station name Station identifier MBSP Identifier Estimated completion cell technology
West Hill OPT-002-QLD MBSP2-QLD-067 2018 Q2 Macrocell
BA Avoca Station OPT-029-QLD MBSP2-QLD-004 In Service Macrocell
BA Brucedale OPT-006-QLD MBSP2-QLD-006 In Service Macrocell
BA Blue Lagoon OPT-007-QLD MBSP2-QLD-005 In Service Macrocell
BA Mirrabooka OPT-008-QLD MBSP2-QLD-007 In Service Macrocell
BA Nardoo OPT-009-QLD MBSP2-QLD-008 In Service Macrocell
Yangan OPT-010-QLD MBSP2-QLD-075 In Service Macrocell
Whyanbeel OPT-016-QLD MBSP2-QLD-068 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Cape Tribulation OPT-028-QLD MBSP2-QLD-019 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Redridge North OPT-019-QLD MBSP2-QLD-057 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Avondale OPT-020-QLD MBSP2-QLD-002 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Boodjamulla National Park OPT-021-QLD MBSP2-QLD-011 2018 Q2 Satellite Small Cell
Takarakka Bush Camp OPT-022-QLD MBSP2-QLD-060 2018 Q2 Satellite Small Cell
Carnarvon Wilderness Lodge OPT-023-QLD MBSP2-QLD-021 2018 Q2 Satellite Small Cell
Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre OPT-025-QLD MBSP2-QLD-020 2018 Q2 Satellite Small Cell
Wide Bay Highway OPT-030-QLD MBSP2-QLD-069 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Pawngilly OPT-031-QLD MBSP2-QLD-054 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Windfield OPT-032-QLD MBSP2-QLD-071 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Bunundarra OPT-033-QLD MBSP2-QLD-017 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Boreen Point OPT-035-QLD MBSP2-QLD-012 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Cootharaba Road OPT-036-QLD MBSP2-QLD-023 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Kidaman Creek OPT-037-QLD MBSP2-QLD-041 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Tinaroo OPT-038-QLD MBSP2-QLD-063 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Doctors Creek north Road OPT-039-QLD MBSP2-QLD-027 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Hampton OPT-040-QLD MBSP2-QLD-034 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Maidenwell OPT-042-QLD MBSP2-QLD-046 2018 Q2 Macrocell
Maroondan OPT-043-QLD MBSP2-QLD-047 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.

Interested in learning more about the Mobile Black Spot Program?