A NEW Vodafone mobile phone service has been switched on near Kumbia, which will provide greater connectivity to the town as well as motorists.
The new 4G facility has been added to the top of the 32m high NBN Fixed Wireless tower, located just off Brook Rd.
The coverage will reach about a 50km radius from the tower, 220 square kilometres all up. This will include major roads such as the Bunya Highway, Kearneys Rd and Kumbia-Brooklands Rd.
Maranoa MP David Littleproud and Vodafone Regional Manager Rhys Morgan officially opened the tower on Tuesday.
"We're pleased to be expanding the 4G footprint in the Maranoa Electorate as part of the Mobile Black Spot Program,” Mr Morgan said.
"With mobile access a critical part of everyday life, the importance of this program, coupled with the telco industry working together to achieve the best outcome for the population, cannot be understated.”
The new site at Kumbia joins the recently opened site at Cooyar.
"The building and strengthening of network connections through the Federal Government's Mobile Phone Black Spot Program is crucial to Maranoa's future prosperity.” Mr Littleproud said.
"Mobile black spots in the area have long hindered emergency services, business and tourism - that's why this program is so important for rural communities.”
Mr Morgan said the new tower was part of an investment of about $1million by Vodafone in the Maranoa electorate between 2015 and the end of 2017.
He said all the major smartphones already work on Vodafone's low-band 4G 850MHz network, including the popular iPhone and Samsung GALAXY models.
"This means customers will see the 4G or LTE symbol on their phone more often,” Mr Morgan said.
Optus have also proposed to upgrade their mobile phone base station on Reservoir St in Kingaroy.
The telecommunications company plans to install two new radio remote units on the site.
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