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Mobile boost for Brewarrina and Wilcannia

Shared mobile towers are one of the answers to better telephone services in remote areas. Photo TWH

and Wilcannia will benefit from a boost to mobile coverage thanks to the NSW government’s landmark $5.5 million agreement with OneWiFi and Pivotel.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Paul Toole, said the agreement brings mobile tower infrastructure sharing into reality, following more than 18 months of work by the NSW government and the telecommunications sector.

“The ‘one tower, one provider’ model funded by most government programs has helped boost coverage in the bush but done little towards driving better deals for consumers,” Mr Toole said.

“NSW is leading the way nationally to push for a different approach where government-funded infrastructure is available for use by all carriers.

“For locals in Bre and Wilcannia that will mean better coverage, better competition and better choice – and better signal certainty for visitors no matter who their provider.

“This agreement will provide coverage to 1,350 square kilometres, benefitting more than 800 homes and businesses in Brewarrina and Wilcannia, with two mobile towers offering 4G and 5G voice and data services. […]

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