Big new Telstra mobile phone tower going up at Gosse, KI

Telstra contractors are in the final stages of construction of a new mobile base station at Gosse on the western end of Kangaroo Island.

At 52 metres high, the mast antenna will be one of the highest points on the Island, providing improved 3G and 4G mobile coverage to the area.

The tower is being built at the Roo Lagoon property, just off the Playford Highway between Parndana and Gosse.

Telstra regional general manager Mark Bolton said the tower was being constructed as part of the Federal Government’s Blackspot Program and is being jointly funded by Telstra and the Federal Government.

“Barring unforeseen circumstances or weather issues, Telstra anticipates construction to be completed by mid-December, followed by commissioning and testing of the service,” Mr Bolton said.

“Telstra anticipates the tower will be fully operational by the end of December.”

By the end of 2018, Telstra would have constructed and switched on 22 new mobile base stations and 38 Small Cell devices in South Australia under the Blackspot Program, he said.

KI resident Sue Florance said the Parndana Progress Association had fought for improved mobile coverage for the past three years.

She thanked Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie for lobbying for improved service across the Island.

Ms Sharkie meanwhile in October put forward Vivonne Bay as another priority site for a new tower.

Senator Anne Ruston announced back in April that new Gosse base station would provide improved coverage around Stokes Bay, particularly along the Playford Highway between Parndana and Gosse.

The Islander understands that Optus recently installed a smaller local mobile phone antenna at the Rockpool Cafe at Stokes Bay.

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