Mobile Blackspot Programs

The Mobile Blackspot program is an Australian Commonwealth Government grants program funding the delivery of mobile telecommunications sites which aim to improve mobile digital connectivity across regional, rural, and remote Australia. Field Solutions has been awarded funding under MBSP5 to deliver 2 sites that will support Optus 4G services. Under Round 5A of the MBSP, Field Solutions Group was awarded a further 6 sites to build that will facilitate Optus 4G services. In addition, Fields Solutions Group, in partnership with Optus, will undertake two key connectivity trials.

Project Deployment Timelines

 

Federal Government Blackspot Round 5

State

RFNSA ID

Site Name

Status

Indicative Rollout Timeline

NSW

2823005

 Gin Gin (Bundemar)

Site Acquired, Construction to Commence in March

End Q1 2022

NSW

2825015

Mullengudgery

Development Application in Progress

End Q1 2022


Federal Government Blackspot Round 5A – Mobile Network Infrastructure

State

Name

Site Status

Indicative Rollout Timeline

NSW

Collymongle

Commonwealth contract executed, site survey completed

June 23

NSW

Strathmore Road Dungalear

Commonwealth contract executed, site survey completed

June 23

NSW

Borwon

Commonwealth contract executed, site survey completed

June 23

NSW

Bullarah

Commonwealth contract executed, site survey completed

June 23

NSW

Tellegra

Commonwealth contract executed, site survey completed

June 23

WA

Talbot

Commonwealth contract executed, site survey to be scheduled

June 23

 

MBSP5A Connectivity Trials with Optus

FSG is proud to be partnering with the Commonwealth Government and Optus under MBSP5A to conduct two connectivity trials in Western Queensland and Northwest New South Wales.

Under the program, FSG will build and operate its 4G Network (Regional Australia Network™) to undertake two trials:

  • Active Neutral Host RAN – Delivery of one set of electronics and antennas on a site to facilitate coverage for the FSG Regional Australia Network™ and Optus 4G Network (Noting that capability would also be for Telstra, TPG, NBN Co and future Public Safety Broadband networks should they choose to participate in a trial). The trial will take place on a 196km stretch of the Adventure Way between Cunnamulla and Thargomindah in Queensland.
  • Inbound Roaming – Ability for Optus mobile users to access the FSG Regional Australia Network™ and operate their mobiles for voice and data services

Active Neutral Host RAN Trial Proposed Coverage

Roaming Trial Area

Coverage Disclaimer:  Coverage shown is indicative only and may be subject to change as site acquisition progresses. Local conditions such as terrain, vegetation whilst using a mobile device indoors or within a vehicle can impact the coverage your device receives and thus your ability to make and receive calls or use data.

State

Site Name

Status

Site Type

Indicative Rollout Timeline

QLD

Thargomindah Town

Site Survey Completed, Deployment Code to Commence

Active Neutral Host RAN

Jun-23

QLD

Eulo

Site Survey Completed, Deployment Code to Commence

Active Neutral Host RAN

Jun-23

QLD

Waihora

Site Survey Completed, Deployment Code to Commence

Active Neutral Host RAN

Jun-23

QLD

Cunnamulla to Thargo - Paroo Side

Site Survey to be scheduled

Active Neutral Host RAN

Jun-23

QLD

Cunnamulla to Thargo - Bullo Side

Site Survey Completed.  Design and acquisition underway

Active Neutral Host RAN

Jun-23

QLD

West Lake Bindegolly

Site Survey Completed.  Design and acquisition underway

Active Neutral Host RAN

Jun-23

QLD

Dynevor Downs

Site Survey Completed.  Design and acquisition underway

Active Neutral Host RAN

Jun-23

NSW

St George Cotton Shed

Site Survey Completed.  Design Underway

4G Roaming Site

Jun-23

NSW

Yamboon

Site Survey Completed.  Design Underway

4G Roaming Site

Jun-23

Details about Mobile Deployment Code
Field Solutions Group, as a Carrier under the Telecommunications Act 1997, is required to comply with the Mobile Phone Base Station Deployment Industry Code C564:2020 when selecting a site and designing and operating Mobile Phone Radiocommunication infrastructure.
The Mobile Phone Base Station Deployment Industry Code is designed to:

  • allow the community and councils to have greater participation in decisions made by Carriers when deploying mobile phone base stations; and
  • provide greater transparency to local community and councils when a Carrier is planning, selecting sites for, installing and operating Mobile Phone Radiocommunications Infrastructure.

For further information on the Mobile Phone Base Station Deployment Industry Code, please click on the following link:

Communications Alliance – C564:2020 Mobile Phone Base Station Deployment (commsalliance.com.au)

As part of complying with the Mobile Phone Base Station Deployment Code, Field Solutions Group is also required to provide detailed information about any proposed Mobile Phone Radiocommunications Infrastructure via the Radiofrequency National Site Archive (RFNSA) website. Please follow the link below and enter the RFNSA Site ID number provided in the site lists above/below for detailed information.

https://www.rfnsa.com.au

Our Clients include

Field Solutions Group (FSG/ASX)