Optus has announced it will invest $23.6 million into its South Australian network by building more than 40 new sites, including on Eyre Peninsula, by the end of March 2019 to improve network coverage and provide faster download speeds for customers.
Included among the 43 planned towers are sites east of Ceduna at Kongwirra and Puntabie.
Ceduna District Council chief executive officer Geoff Moffatt said this would be a boost for the region.
“Any increase in the coverage of the mobile phone network, regardless of the carrier, is positive for not only people who live there but also for the travelling public,” he said.
There is a further Eyre Peninsula site included on the list, at Farm Beach.
Optus chief executive officer Allen Lew said the investment in South Australia reflected a commitment to providing people across Australia with a premium national mobile network.
“We want customers to have a choice when selecting their network carrier, which is why we have invested in over 70 new sites across South Australia in the last 12 months with more than 40 set to come online over the next four months,” he said.
The new sites have been spread throughout the state and cover major transport corridors, tourist areas and regional towns.
Six of the sites, including at Puntabie, are part of the Mobile Black Spot Program.
“The last 12 months has seen a real boost to our services in regional and rural parts of South Australia and this investment will continue with 50 percent of our new sites set to sit within a regional or rural location,” Mr Lew said.
“We believe Australians should have equivalent access to reliable mobile coverage wherever they live, work and holiday, and are working closely with the state government here in South Australia to identify areas most in need of improved mobile coverage, as well as further densifying our existing network.
“We will continue to respond to our customer needs and invest where it matters most to them to ensure they can access the latest technologies.”