Vodafone Australia will provide extended GSM digital mobile coverage across Australia's rural highways.
The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Alston confirmed that Vodafone was the preferred tenderer for the Federal Government's $25 million project to provide digital mobile coverage along major rural highways.
These highways include Highway One, Hume, Newell, Cunningham, Western, Dukes, F3, New England, Sturt, Midland, Bass, Federal and Barton.
Andrew Birch, director network and technology for Vodafone said: "GSM mobile technology is the technology of choice for the majority of Australian mobile users, with approximately 95 per cent of the total 10.3 million Australian mobile users using GSM technology."
"As well, Vodafone's offer of inter-carrier roaming will potentially result in most GSM customers having coverage on the designated rural highways."
Vodafone's Globalstar, an integrated satellite and digital (GSM) mobile service, provides 100 per cent geographic coverage of the Australian continent, and coverage up to 200 nautical miles from the mainland.