Hold the phone…


THREE phone towers will be built at Tuerong, Tuerong West and Main Ridge West. They will offer “consistent mobile coverage to more than 200 premises that previously had poor or no mobile services”, according to innovation and digital economy minister Philip Dalidakis.

The towers are among 25 to be built throughout regional Victoria providing 5000 households and businesses with new or improved mobile coverage in a partnership between Optus and the state government.

“Telecommunications infrastructure is crucial for the growth, liveability and safety of regional Victorian households and businesses, and more will be connected than ever before,” Mr Dalidakis said.

“Over 166 regional communities are now being connected to mobile data and calls thanks to the Victorian Government’s new mobile towers across the state – 41 of these with Optus.

“The 25 co-funded mobile towers will be constructed all over Victoria with 15 local government areas to benefit with a priority placed on bushfire prone areas.”

Mr Dalidakis said the state government had invested almost $31 million in 166 new mobile towers across Victoria, connecting 20,000 premises that previously had no or poor mobile coverage.

Eastern Victoria MP Daniel Mulino added: “New mobile towers on the Mornington Peninsula will improve coverage, connectivity and reliability for phone users across large areas. This is a much-needed productivity boost for towns and businesses and will also improve community safety.”

First published in the Western Port News – 7 November 2017


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