Tower boosts connectivity

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A new mobile base station in Mt Barker has improved coverage for local residents, businesses and services at the Mt Barker Hospital.

The base station, located at the corner of Lord Street and Short Street, is part of the $75 million investment program by Telstra to boost coverage and connectivity in regional communities.

Telstra area general manager Boyd Brown thanked the assistance of the Shire of Plantagenet and the Great Southern Development Commission for their support in the approvals process.

“We are getting great feedback from the Shire and the hospital that the new base station is doing a great job in providing access to high-speed mobile broadband using our 3G and 4GX services,” he said.

“We located the new base station at our exchange building in the heart of town to deliver maximum coverage and assist locals and businesses to better connect.

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“Whether it’s a parent being able to call their children, a small business taking a credit card payment for the first time or the hospital’s medical staff making emergency calls, mobile connectivity is important for lifestyle and growth in regional areas.”

The base station will also prepare the region for future rollouts of new technologies, such as 5G.

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