Australia to Reduce Mobile Blackspots in Victoria
Published on: 9th Apr 2014
The Australian state government for Victoria has announced a AU$40 million to fix mobile blackspots and deliver free Wi Fi on some Seymour train services.
Minister for Public Transport, Terry Mulder said a collaborative process with the Commonwealth Government and mobile infrastructure providers would soon commence.
An Expressions of Interest (EOI) process will secure Victorian Government-sponsored Wi-Fi aboard V/Line's VLocity carriages operating between Melbourne and Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Seymour and Traralgon.
Commuters travelling on local V/Line services had expressed frustration with signal drop outs along the 99 kilometres of track between Seymour and Melbourne.
"This funding will improve mobile coverage for regional towns affected by mobile blackspots. Around 40,000 Victorians live in areas where mobile coverage is poor or non-existent." added Member for Seymour Cindy McLeish.
This announcement will also see the construction of new towers to provide better coverage around the state.
The Coalition Government will consider rolling out Wi-Fi services across the V/Line network more broadly following the successful implementation of these five initial services.