Welcome reception for Optus upgrades

Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll has welcomed the news that two Optus telecommunications facilities within the electorate will receive upgrades.

Last week, Optus Mobile Pty Ltd confirmed its facilities at Government Road, Williamstown, and Willaston Lodge at Gawler Belt were part of a nationwide rollout of Optus upgrades to hundreds of existing sites.

“The works are part of a technology upgrade that Optus is undertaking which includes replacing and/or adding equipment inside equipment shelters,” Mr Knoll said.

“I’ve been advised that the work is expected to be completed over the next eight weeks and will improve the quality of Optus services in the surrounding areas.”

The installations are regarded by Optus as low-impact facilities and are part of a range of improvements to its facilities across regional South Australia.

An Optus spokesperson said the company was proceeding with the upgrades to meet the ever-growing demand for service capacity and quality.

Mr Knoll said he was looking forward to further improvements in mobile phone coverage as the Marshall Liberal Government’s $10 million commitment to addressing mobile black spots across South Australia was rolled out.

“Reliable mobile phone coverage is vital for people living in regional areas, where we rely on good mobile coverage to undertake everyday tasks, as well as during extreme weather events,” he said.

“I recently wrote to the Minister for Regional Development Tim Whetstone requesting favourable consideration for Springton and Sandy Creek as he begins the important task of addressing this issue.”