New site boosts Manypeaks coverage
Telstra CountryWide’s Area General Manager Boyd Brown, Peter Watson MLA and Manypeaks farmer Richard Metcalfe check out the improved mobile coverage at the recently activated Manypeaks phone tower.
Mobile coverage around Albany’s eastern region has been boosted with a new site being activated near Manypeaks with support from the Regional Telecommunications Project (RTP) and the Mobile Black Spot Program.
The Great Southern Development Commission worked with other State Government agencies to identify the 22 priority sites that were funded under the RTP for the period 2016 to 2018.
GSDC Chair Ross Thornton said the continued expansion of mobile phone coverage in the Great Southern had far-reaching benefits for regional residents.
“Wider coverage has business benefits but also improves safety and emergency service capabilities, improves social connections and affects education and tourism,” Mr Thornton said.
Telstra Area General Manager Boyd Brown said the site at Manypeaks was now delivering state-of-the-art mobile coverage.
“These are exciting times and a significant achievement for residents and businesses based around Manypeaks who have had their call for better mobile coverage answered,” Mr Brown said.
“The growing use of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets is changing the way we live and we’re acutely aware of the challenges facing communities living with limited access to a mobile network.
“Expanding coverage across this region ensures locals can keep in contact with family and friends and run their businesses more effectively, whether it’s chatting on the phone or using a range of online services over our fast mobile network.”
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