More Canberrans will benefit from new and improved mobile coverage under Round 5 of the Coalition Government’s $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program thanks to today’s announcement of funding for three new base stations in the ACT.

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government, the Hon Mark Coulton MP, and ACT Senator Zed Seselja today announced the ACT will receive three new base stations under Round 5, providing improved mobile coverage in the community.

“Canberrans have been asking for improved mobile coverage it’s great that the Coalition Government is delivering better mobile connectivity provided by these new base stations,” Senator Seselja said. 

“The three new base stations will provide greater coverage for our rural landholders and Canberrans who hike, camp or enjoy other recreational activities at Namadgi National Park” said Senator Seselja.

Minister Fletcher said Round 5 of the program will fund a further 182 new base stations for regional and remote communities across Australia.

“The announcement of successful Round 5 locations today brings the total number of base stations being funded under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program to 1,229,” Minister Fletcher said.

Minister Coulton said the Government’s Mobile Black Spot program is connecting communities and businesses, enabling them to contribute more effectively to our local, regional and national economies.

The Federal Government is contributing a total of $34 million to Round 5 of the Program, which will deliver total new investment of more than $73 million together with co-contributions from the funding recipients and state governments.

Round 5 base stations are scheduled to roll out in the coming months with the first new base stations expected to be activated by the end of the year.

To view the full list of Round 5 locations visit, or to provide feedback on the discussion paper on the design of future rounds, visit: communications.gov.au/mbsp