Ocean Beach in Denmark set for signal boost as Telstra switches on new mobile base station

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Rick Wilson in Denmark.
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Mobile phone coverage at the popular Ocean Beach in Denmark is getting a lift after Telstra switched on a new mobile base station.

Jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments, the new station will improve more than 58 square kilometres of 3G and 4G mobile coverage.

175 premises and businesses near Ocean Beach and William Bay will be supported by the infrastructure in an area with a history of service issues.

The mobile site will also service in William Bay National Park ahead of a peak tourist season for Denmark.

“This is exciting news for the local Ocean Beach and William Bay communities. They have been very patient for a long time and this new mobile site is set to transform the level of mobile communications with better voice and data services,” Regional Manager Boyd Brown said.

“This a very spectacular and picturesque part of the State which is a very popular tourist destination over the summer period with its surfing and water activities. So the activation of this new site has come just in the nick of time.

“With so much outdoor activity around this area the improved mobile coverage will support emergency services and locals in times of need. This area is also located in a high fire risk zone where communications make a big difference.”

Minister for Regional Communications, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, said the activation of the base station would provide an essential upgrade to local connectivity.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government’s priority is to provide Australians with better access to reliable communication services, which is why we have committed $380 million to the Mobile Black Spot Program to improve mobile coverage and competition across regional and remote communities,” Minister McKenzie said.

“To date the Program has funded 316 new mobile base stations in Western Australia, with 232 of these now on air. This will provide residents with better access to education services, help them stay connected to loved ones and essential services, while helping local businesses grow.”

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