Celebrating the Flinders Island & Cape Barren Island Mobile Network Upgrade

Celebrating the Flinders Island & Cape Barren Island Mobile Network Upgrade image

Telstra and Federal Member for Bass Bridget Archer, Minister for Science and Technology Hon. Michael Ferguson and Flinders Council Mayor Annie Revie invite you and the Flinders Island and Cape Barren Island communities, to a morning tea to officially celebrate the Mobile Network upgrade on Flinders Island and Cape Barren Island.

TIME: 10:30 am

Building better, connected communities is at the heart of this project and we would love to see you there.

Background of the Flinders Island and Cape Barren Island Mobile Network Upgrade

Residents and visitors to the Furneaux Group of islands are now benefiting from the latest communications technology which is delivering better coverage and faster data speeds. The $11 million upgrade was completed and funded as part of the Building Better Regions Fund, with investment from the Australian Government, Tasmanian Government, Flinders Council and Telstra.

Below is a summary of what the project has delivered:
  • A transmission upgrade to boost capacity between Launceston and Waterhouse;
  • A new $1.5 million radio tower at Waterhouse – at 80m it’s Tasmania’s third largest structure and required more than 39 tonnes of steel, 3,000 bolts and a 300-tonne crane to build;
  • A new generation radio system linking Waterhouse and Flinders Island, creating the longest radio link across water anywhere on Telstra’s network;
  • 83km of new optical fibre linking major population centres on Flinders Island;
  • Two new generation microwave radio systems on Flinders Island;
  • Upgrading four 3G mobile sites to superfast 4GX capability at Mt Tanner, Middle Patriarch, Hayes Hill and Vinegar Hill;
  • Construction of four new 3G/4GX mobile base stations at Killiecrankie, Palana, Blue Rocks and Cape Barren Island / truwana to extend the reach of the Telstra Mobile Network to more people; and
  • A scalable network for other community communications services into the future including the local school, hospital, emergency services and Flinders Council.

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