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Improving mobile coverage in Queensland

Mobile base stations

Queensland communities can look forward to improved mobile phone coverage thanks to the funding of 144 new or upgraded mobile phone base stations under a joint Commonwealth-State Government arrangement.

The Queensland Government will fund the base stations with the Commonwealth Government, mobile operators, councils and other stakeholders under the national Mobile Black Spot Program. The State has committed almost $24 million across two rounds of the program to secure the new mobile base stations.

The 144 base stations (awarded to Queensland under both rounds of MBSP) will provide an overall increase in handheld and external aerial mobile coverage of more than 80,000 square kilometres, and will cover more than 20,000 premises including houses, businesses, schools and government offices. They will also provide coverage to more than 2000 kilometres of major transport routes and local roads.

The Mobile Black Spot Program is a three-year program with construction of Queensland’s first round towers currently underway throughout the state. All base stations will be installed by the end of 2018.

Mobile blackspot program list of locations
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View the list of locations (PDF)

4G small cells

In addition to the 144 mobile phone base stations, at least 80 Telstra 4G small cells will also be deployed throughout the State.

As part of the state’s co-funding arrangement with Telstra for Round 1 of the black spot program, Queensland was allocated a pool of 50 4G small cells to be deployed at suitable locations throughout the state. The Commonwealth Government was also allocated a national pool, a portion of which will also be allocated to Queensland.

The locations for 66 Telstra 4G small cells have been determined so far, with 27 of these locations announced by the Commonwealth Government in August 2016. A further 39 from the state pool have now also been identified. The remaining locations will be determined over the coming months.

These small cells will units will provide new or improved coverage to many hundreds of premises.

What is a small cell?

A small cell is a miniature version of a standard mobile base station traditionally used to boost coverage and capacity in densely populated urban areas, or inside heavily-trafficked areas such as shopping centres or office blocks.

Telstra has reworked the technology and will use small cells to deliver 4G data services to a selected area in small towns and communities.

The small cell technology provides high-speed 4G data services over a coverage footprint of approximately 200-300m. The small cell units support a technology called Voice over LTE (VoLTE) which means customers with a VoLTE capable 4G device can make voice calls (All new release handsets, and most released since the beginning of 2016, support VoLTE).

4G Small Cell locations

View State Pool locations (announced May 2017)

  • Acland
  • Babinda
  • Bororen
  • Bowenville
  • Brandon
  • Brigalow
  • Brookstead
  • Burnett Heads
  • Buxton
  • Cannon Valley
  • Capella
  • Comet
  • Conondale
  • Cungulla
  • Delta
  • El Arish
  • Flagstone Creek
  • Forest Hill
  • Forrest Beach
  • Homestead
  • Inkermin
  • Kennedy
  • Kerry
  • Kumbia
  • Mount Alford
  • Nobby
  • Peachester
  • Pentland
  • Ridgelands
  • Ridgewood
  • Rosedale
  • South Kolan
  • Surat
  • Tanby
  • Thargomindah
  • Wallumbilla
  • Weengallon
  • Woodstock
  • Yakapari

View Commonwealth Pool locations (announced August 2016)

  • Alva Beach
  • Avondale
  • Binna Burra Resort
  • Boreen Point
  • Bramston Beach
  • Cawarral
  • Cherbourg
  • Dingo
  • Hampton
  • Hillview
  • Injune
  • Innot Hot Springs
  • Lake Tinaroo
  • Moranbah Airport
  • Morven
  • Mourilyan Harbour
  • Mungallala
  • Murray Upper
  • Palmer River Roadhouse
  • Peranga
  • Reesville
  • River Ranch
  • Seisia
  • Severnlea
  • Tarzali
  • Woorabinda
  • Wowan

For more information

4G Small Cell locations

4G Small Cell locations in Queensland

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View the list of locations

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Last updated
25 May 2017
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