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Optus boosts WA mobile coverage with small cell connectivity

Nine new locations across the Western Australian highway network to provide localised mobile phone coverage.

Optus has continued its investment in regional mobile coverage with the installation of nine satellite small cells along almost 2000km of highway across Western Australia.

The small units, known as ‘small cells’, provide the potential for an inexpensive and flexible alternative to traditional mobile towers, and when used in conjunction with satellite connectivity and backhaul, provides the combined benefits of expanding mobile coverage in a concentrated local area in rural, remote and previously unserviced locations.

The small cells will be located at selected locations on the Highway 1 route between Geraldton and Broome and will boost mobile coverage for residents and travellers across nine remote but significant locations in the northwest of the state.

Optus Networks acting Managing Director, Dennis Wong, said, “We are investing significantly to strengthen and broaden our mobile network coverage in regional areas, and this rollout is a natural progression following the small cell infrastructure that was successfully delivered in the Northern Territory earlier this year.

“We’ve seen that this technology delivers a choice in mobile services for workers and residents in and around key locations, as well as providing much needed capacity for visitors, making it a vital improvement to our network in remote regions,” Mr Wong said.

The small cells deliver mobile phone coverage up to a 3 kilometre radius depending on the surrounding topography.

“Optus is well established as a provider of satellite networking technology, and we are continuing to expand and innovate to provide mobile and satellite solutions for our customers across the country,” said Mr Wong.

Optus continues to actively explore small cell technology following the first rollout of the satellite small cell provisioning in the Northern Territory in 2016 which boosted mobile network coverage along the Stuart Highway between Katherine and Uluru.