Residents of Lake Cathie in the northern coastal area of New South Wales will receive dedicated 3G mobile coverage with the establishment of a mobile tower by Optus.
Lake Cathie Progress Association secretary Jack Jones said that the area has been a notorious coverage “black spot” with many businesses and residents reliant on dial-up Internet.
“Businesses can now operate much more flexibly, while local residents will stay connected with their loved ones when they’re out and about,” he said in a statement.
Optus has provided trial phones and mobile broadband modems for Lake Cathie residents to test the services at home.
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According to the telco, its mobile network now reaches over 98 per cent of Australians.
Optus has also rolled out dedicated 3G mobile coverage in regional areas including:
- Corny Point and Tickera in South Australia
- Kyalite, Woodstock, Pilliga, Gwabegar, Willawarrin and Wyangala in New South Wales
- Dingo Beach and Turkey Beach in Queensland
- Goroke, Harrow and McLaughlin’s Beach in Victoria
- Southport in Tasmania
- Woodanilling in Western Australia.