Govt program to boost mobile coverage along regional roads

Monday, 12 February, 2024

Govt program to boost mobile coverage along regional roads

Communities and commuters across regional and remote Australia are set to benefit from improved mobile coverage on roads and highways as a result of the federal government’s new $50 million Regional Roads Australia Mobile Program (RRAMP).

Drawing funding from the Better Connectivity Plan, the federal investment will support pilot programs with the states and territories that trial new, novel and innovative solutions to boost mobile coverage along roads and highways. Engagement and collaboration across government should ensure funding meets local needs and priorities, delivering value for money and long-term sustainability.

The pilot programs will fund new infrastructure, or the expansion of existing infrastructure, on regional highways and major roads and inform development of a scaled-up national program. Multi-carrier coverage will also be prioritised to improve consumer choice and access.

“The Regional Roads Australia Mobile Program will help deliver targeted solutions that address unique local challenges, boosting mobile connectivity for communities and commuters alike,” said Minister for Communications Michelle Rowland.

“Successful multicarrier solutions will ensure we leverage existing infrastructure to keep Australians connected — regardless of who their carrier might be.

Participating states and territories are expected to contribute to their pilot program, either through partner funding or an in-kind contribution, including fast-tracking access to government-controlled land or provision of project and contract management services. The Commonwealth has invited the states and territories to participate, with proposals required by 23 February.

“I welcome proposals from state and territory governments, and look forward to seeing the successful pilot projects roll out across Australia,” Rowland said.

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