Round 5A of the Australian Government’s $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program is now open for applications, and regional communities in Tasmania are encouraged to apply.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Claire Chandler said the new round would build on the Morrison Coalition Government’s continuing commitment to expand mobile coverage in regional areas across Tasmania.

“Round 5A of the program will have a specific focus on improving mobile coverage along major transport corridors and in disaster-prone regions,” Senator Chandler said.

“Improving coverage in natural disaster-prone areas is critical for keeping people connected during times of emergency, so I encourage communities in these areas to apply.

“Round 5A will support new ways of delivering mobile services to locations that have traditionally been less economic for mobile network operators, so now is the time to identify priority areas to improve coverage.”

The first five rounds of the program have funded over 1,200 new base stations in regional Australia, with more that 880 of these already switched on.

Applications for Round 5A opened on 18 November 2020 and will close on 10 February 2020.  For more information about the Mobile Black Spot Program and the Round 5A process, visit: communications.gov.au/MBSP