More Australians living in regional and remote Australia will benefit from new and improved mobile coverage under Round 5 of the Nationals in Government’s highly successful $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

Federal Nationals Minister for Regional Communications Mark Coulton MP announced 182 new base stations will be delivered under Round 5, providing improved mobile coverage for regional and remote communities.

The total number of base stations being funded under the Mobile Black Spot Program is now 1229, underlining our ongoing commitment to providing new and improved mobile connectivity to Australians across the country.

Mr Coulton said the Mobile Black Spot program was connecting regional communities and businesses, enabling them to contribute more effectively to our local, regional and national economies.

“This very significant investment is allowing much needed mobile services to be delivered in areas where they would otherwise not be commercially viable, with regional, rural and remote Australians being the real winners here,” Mr Coulton said.

Improved mobile connectivity makes it possible for Australians to stay connected, access education services, conduct business and remain in contact with family and friends. These activities are critical year-round, but particularly important with people responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and spending more time at home.