Optus has switched on a new tower in Kew, located in the mid north coast region of New South Wales, delivering improved coverage and capacity along the Pacific Highway.

Federal Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie joined with representatives from Optus and the local community to welcome the infrastructure and Optus’ continued commitment to improve coverage along the Pacific Highway

Dr Gillespie said dropouts along the Pacific Highway had been a source of irritation for quite some time, so it was great to see them being cleared up.

“They are an impediment to country business expansion and can be downright dangerous in an emergency when help is needed fast. It’s vitally important that we keep chipping away at these black spots,” Dr Gillespie said.

The tower will enhance services across the Kew community and boost coverage between Herons Creek and Cluleys Road.

Optus regional manager Chris Simon said: “As the main transport route on Australia’s central east coast, it’s important we offer commuters and travellers driving along the Pacific Highway reliable mobile reception. Critically, this new site in Kew will help enhance in-vehicle coverage along the highway which is vital for those travelling along this stretch of road.”

“We are continuing to follow through with our commitment to deliver improved services along the Pacific Highway, with this new site also enabling greater safety for those living and travelling through Kew by unlocking access to mobile voice, text and data services,” he said.

“Optus’ investment in this tower will provide more choice for local businesses and residents across the Mid North Coast region.”