Optus mobile sites in pipeline but coverage not guaranteed

POOR mobile phone reception may be a thing of the past in Gladstone with Optus set to build three mobile sites in the next two months.

But there is still no guarantee mobile coverage will be accessible in all areas.

Between May and July coverage upgrades will be made in Gladstone North, Boyne Island and Maurice Hill, and Wurdong Heights.

This comes off the back of Optus installing three sites on Curtis Island last year.

Gladstone broadband provider Dreamtilt director Adrian Robertson said the issue of mobile coverage in Gladstone was at times a "catch 22".

"People complain that they don't have the best phone reception, but they wouldn't be keen on having a phone tower in their backyard," he said.

Although Mr Robertson's company specialises in connecting broadband to homes, he said it was strange Gladstone did not have access to reliable mobile phone coverage.

"We are living in a boom town but still don't have proper mobile coverage," Mr Robertson said.

An Optus representative said some people would still experience reception problems, regardless of the new infrastructure in town.

"We could build a line somewhere but the existing terrain may interfere with the reception," the representative said. "But we are continuing to look at congestion problems in the area."

Gladstone's residents turned to Facebook to vent their frustration about mobile coverage last weekend.

Kin Kora Mall, Agnes Water, West Gladstone, Tannum Sands and Boyne Island were listed as some of the worst places for reception in Gladstone.

Residents said they mainly had problems with Telstra, Optus and Vodaphone services.

Telstra did not respond to the Observer's calls before deadline.

Mobile Blackspots

  • Nothling St, New Auckland (Telstra)
  • Curtis Island (Telstra)
  • West Gladstone (Optus)
  • Agnes Water (Vodaphone)
  • Orana Ave, Boyne Island. (Telstra)

 

COLOURFUL RECEPTION: While Optus is accessible in most of Gladstone, some need to step outside for calls.
COLOURFUL RECEPTION: While Optus is accessible in most of Gladstone, some need to step outside for calls. Optusgoogle Maps


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