BASS Coast and South Gippsland are poised to dramatically increase mobile connectivity with over 60 projects underway to build mobile towers and provide broadband infrastructure.
In partnership with five telecommunications providers, the state government will invest more than $250 million to complete 1,108 mobile infrastructure projects.
Some regions will also see networks upgraded to 5G sooner than expected.
Working with Axicom, ENE.HUB, Optus, Telstra and TPG Telecom, the government will build 309 new mobile towers, upgrade 492 towers to 5G, adapt 170 towers so they can be used by multiple telecom providers and make 137 towers more resistant during natural periods. disasters by 2026.
At many sites, telecom providers have agreed to share infrastructure, which will give more Victorians a choice of mobile phone provider, helping to make data costs affordable.
This investment is part of the $550 million Connecting Victoria program.
Connecting Victoria has already announced $27.5 million in mobile project grants with Optus and TPG to deliver new mobile towers or upgrades from 4G to 5G in high-growth areas, and $73 million to provide broadband upgrades to 54 sites across the state.
To find out more, visit vic.gov.au/connectingvictoria.