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11 January, 2021

Extending battery back-up for regional and remote phone towers

Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said extending the battery life of the mobile phone towers would increase telecommunications resilience in Maranoa and help to keep communities safe this storm season.


David Littleproud

MOBILE phone towers in Maranoa will be able to keep operating longer if the power goes out during or after natural disasters, thanks to a major new investment by the Federal Coalition Government.

The Government is funding Telstra, Optus and TPG to extend the battery back up at 23 mobile phone towers in Maranoa, to provide a minimum of 12 hours of back-up power.

Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said extending the battery life of the mobile phone towers would increase telecommunications resilience in Maranoa and help to keep communities safe this storm season.

“The Australia Government is investing in battery back-up to keep mobile phone towers operating longer when the power goes out during or after natural disasters,” Mr Littleproud said.

“A total of 23 mobile base stations across Maranoa will be upgraded under this program to help keep residents connected to emergency services and loved ones when the power goes out.

“This includes towers at Cooyar, Wattle Camp and Yangan, which each service hundreds of premises.”

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said telecommunications, including mobile phone towers, need reliable power sources to operate.

“Telecommunications - including mobile phone towers - rely on power to operate. This investment will allow mobile phone towers to keep operating for at least 12 hours after the power goes out, making a real difference for communities during and after a natural disaster,” Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP said.

The Government is providing a total of $13.2 million to Telstra, Optus and TPG to extend the battery back up at 467 mobile phone towers across Australia, under stage one of the program.

Sites include:

Avoca Station

Blue Lagoon

Brucedale

Mirrabooka

Nardoo

Bundoran Road

Gordonbrook

Hampton

Hannaford Road

Landsborough Highway B

Maidenwell

Ravensbourne

The Summit

Warrego Highway

Wondai Road

Yangan

Boyneside

Cooyar

Jackson

Kumbia

Landsborough Highway, between Blackall and Tambo

Moonie

Wattle Camp


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