Mobile Coverage Project

The Mobile Coverage project aims to improve mobile coverage in regional NSW where people live, work and play.

Aim of the program

$300 million from the Regional Digital Connectivity program has been allocated for the Mobile Coverage Project, to be delivered across multiple stages.

Through transformative investment in mobile phone infrastructure and emerging technologies, the Mobile Coverage project will increase competition, consumer choice, and deliver improved mobile coverage where people live and work in rural and regional NSW. 

Stage 1 of the Mobile Coverage Project will invest $50 million to develop active sharing partnerships with the telecommunications industry.  

Active Sharing Partnership program

Earlier this year, a tender process invited submissions from telecommunications providers interested in forming a partnership with the government to design active sharing solutions. The tender closed in February 2022.

Eight organisations were selected to participate in the Active Sharing Partnership program, they include: Optus, Telstra, TPG Telecom, BAI Communications, Field Solutions Group, Infrastructure Logic, NEC and Pivotel Mobile. 

What is the Active Sharing Partnership?

NSW is the first jurisdiction in Australia to work with industry to develop active sharing partnerships to benefit rural and regional communities.

The Active Sharing Partnership is being delivered in two phases:

  • Phase one (design): over 14-weeks teams collaborated to design active sharing mobile solutions across four network categories and their underpinning commercial arrangements for potential implementation in regional NSW.
  • Phase two (grant opportunity): targeted competitive grant program offering funding for the implementation and ongoing operation of active sharing mobile solutions in regional NSW.

What are the objectives?

The objectives of the Active Sharing Partnership are to:

  • establish fit-for-purpose commercial and delivery models for active sharing mobile solutions
  • investigate the application of different technical and deployment scenarios for active sharing mobile solutions
  • deliver new and improved mobile coverage to locations in regional NSW using active sharing mobile solutions
  • reduce the network set-up and asset costs to individual telecommunications providers
  • increase competition and consumer choice
  • enable adoption of new technologies, such as 5G; and
  • deliver an improved mobile phone service that can maintain coverage through the harsher elements of the Australian climate, like fire and floods.

Next steps

Organisations who participated in phase one of the Active Sharing Partnership were invited to submit applications for funding through the $30 million grant funding opportunity. 

Applications for the grant funding opportunity closed on Monday 14 November 2022.  Evaluation of the applications is now underway, and further updates are expected to be available in early 2023.

 


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