New Telstra 4G and 5G mobile coverage now in Henty
Residents and visitors to Henty Machinery Field Days and surrounds are now enjoying improved mobile coverage and connectivity, with the recent construction of a Telstra mobile base station.
Telstra’s Regional General Manager for Southern NSW Chris Taylor said mobile connectivity was becoming increasingly important for Australians and this was evident in daily network data.
“Each day we have about 20 million devices using our mobile network and together they make about 60 million phone calls, send 40 million SMS, and use about 8.6 million Gigabytes of mobile data,” Mr Taylor said.
“Co-investment programs such as this, where carriers like Telstra and the government work together to share the cost in bringing new connectivity in regional and rural locations, are really important in helping deliver great connectivity outcomes and enabling all Australians to participate fully in the digital economy.”
The Henty site was built by Telstra as part of the Regional Connectivity Program (RCP), with funding provided by Telstra and the Commonwealth Government.
The new installation which provides 4G and 5G connectivity will help allow the latest in Ag tech to be showcased at the field day event each year and support economic growth and prosperity in the agricultural area of Henty.
However, this base station will be more than a support for the field days, as this permanent facility will provide long term improved coverage and capacity for residents, particularly those living on the western side of the township.
It will also help provide additional Triple Zero coverage for people on other mobile networks in times of emergencies.
As part of RCP, across Australia Telstra is partnering with the Commonwealth Government to fund the construction or upgrade of 168 sites across 147 different telecommunications projects.
The projects range from transmission, coverage, and capacity upgrades plus construction of new macro or small cell mobile base stations in blackspot areas.
“As a company, we also heavily invest in improving regional connectivity. Over the past seven years to end June 2022, we have invested around $4 billion in improving our regional mobile network,” Mr Taylor said.
Telstra has over 11,700 mobile base stations covering more than 2.7 million square kilometres, around one million kilometres more than any other mobile network. Nationally the Telstra network provides coverage to 99.6 per cent of the Australian population.
For more information on the Regional Connectivity Program visit: www.infrastructure.gov.au/rcp.