Optus is continuing to build its mobile coverage network, moving deeper into regional communities. The move follows the successful procurement of funding for 83 new mobile sites from the federal government. The total project cost is a whopping $56.1 million. This includes 22.2 million direct from Optus, $25.4 million from the Federal government and $5.3 million in state funding.

This coverage growth continues a huge amount of work already completed by the network, bringing further coverage to users right across the country. In the early stages, these sites include Rubyvale in Queensland, popular National Parks within the Northern Territory, Peebinga in South Australia, the Wheat Belt in Western Australia and the Illawarra train line in New South Wales.

Andrew Sheridan, Optus Vice President Regulatory and Public Affairs said in the press statement:

In the four years Optus has taken part in the Program, we have delivered more than 95 sites benefiting more than 17,000 properties in regional and rural parts of Australia, unlocking access to mobile voice, text and data services.

Our priority at Optus is always to deliver the best service, value and choice to our customers and the Mobile Black Spot Program has played an important role in helping to facilitate this in often very remote parts of the country.

The rollout will provide families and communities who are either isolated — potentially reliant upon Satellite devices — or have limited connectivity more ways to stay connected with their friends and loved ones. The work being done by the carriers as part of the blackspot project is providing communities with opportunities and benefits we — in metropolitan areas — take for granted with other clear flow-on benefits include business continuity, education and entertainment.

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You don’t have to go regional to find a blackspot. I have intermittent and unusable coverage at my house in inner suburban Brusbane. That is with any carrier.


Yup, we live 10ks from Brisbane city and we’re in a total blackspot!

Paul Warner

Just wait for the anti 5G conspiracies to come out when they hear about the network being expanded.


I can’t help thinking that solving coverage gaps in Australia’s enormous regional areas should be done once, funded by the government, then made available to all carriers, rather than overbuild the whole three times. At least that way there would be some economies of scale realised.

Neerav Bhatt

totally agree with you Adam

It’s not really solving the blackspot problem if only customers of 1 mobile carrier get access