Maranup mobile base up and running

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times

After some teething issues following the installation of a mobile base station, mobile coverage for residents in the Maranup region, near Bridgetown, is up and running.

The mobile base station is part of Telstra and Federal Government Mobile Black Spot Program to bring mobile coverage to rural Australia.

Telstra area general manager Boyd Brown said the mobile base station provided improved coverage to residents, as well as motorists on Brockman Highway and Maranup Ford Road.

Mr Brown said the initial power issues last week had affected mobile coverage and Telstra had commissioned the site ahead of schedule by using a temporary power generator.

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“We are in the process of installing solar power to this site, but we wanted to provide mobile coverage as quickly as possible to this important area surrounded by many reserves and popular with tourists,” he said.

“There was some initial power issues with the generator last week, but technicians have now resolved the problem.

“This new base station is a welcome addition to mobile coverage for residents, businesses and visitors to this picturesque part of the State who can now make, receive mobile calls and access high-speed mobile broadband.”

Mr Brown said the mobile base station was among 189 sites being delivered by Telstra across WA under the Mobile Black Spot Program and part of $75 million investment in the State’s central and southern regions.

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