Govt boosting mobile connectivity in Greater Bendigo
The Victorian Government is looking to improve mobile connectivity in Bendigo, with Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford last week announcing partnerships with Optus and TPG Telecom to build a new tower and upgrade 13 mobile towers in the area from 4G to 5G through the Connecting Victoria program.
The $550 million Connecting Victoria program is fast-tracking improvements to mobile coverage and broadband access across the state. Key feedback from the Connecting Victoria engagement report, released earlier this year, made it clear that improved mobile services are needed in the Bendigo area to keep pace with population growth, helping to boost tourism and the local economy.
The new upgrades are set to deliver improved services across more than 355 m2 in Bendigo, benefiting more than 100,000 premises with coverage spanning Golden Square, Flora Hill and Kennington, as well as Epsom, Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat, and out to Newbridge, Ravenswood, Huntly North and Ladys Pass. Optus and TPG Telecom have agreed to share infrastructure at some of these sites, giving locals a choice of mobile provider and improving competition.
“These upgrades will be a game-changer for residents, tourists and businesses in Bendigo,” said Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards. “Enabling 5G will provide higher speed and greater capacity and keep up with growth in this region.”
“This will deliver greater connectivity, competition and choice for the people, community and businesses of Bendigo,” added Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan.
The Bendigo upgrades will be carried out between 2023 and 2025. More projects throughout the state will be announced under the Connecting Victoria program in the coming months.
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