Patrons at the remote Middleton Hotel will now have something else to raise their glasses to after Telstra delivered a satellite small cell in partnership with the Boulia and Winton Shire Councils.
A Telstra Satellite Small Cell is a smaller, lower cost version of a standard mobile base station and gives customers located within proximity of the cell, mobile coverage via the satellite network.
Telstra said this investment would provide much needed coverage for the community, particularly people travelling between Winton and Boulia, with Middleton around halfway on the 360km journey.
It's now the third Satellite Small Cell in the Winton Shire Council area after Corfield (the first nationally) and Lark Quarry.
Telstra Regional General Manager Rachel Cliffe said it would boost mobile coverage in the area and contribute to improved road safety.
"Rolling out 4G voice services on small cells is part of Telstra's commitment to expanding its 4G mobile coverage in regional Australia and highlights the ongoing investments we are making in our network for our rural customers," Ms Cliffe said.
"These small cells use satellite technology to cost effectively deliver mobile coverage to areas where existing coverage is minimal or not available."
Winton Shire Council Mayor Gavin Baskett said it was great to see the Telstra Small Cell Tower up and running at Middleton.
"This will give both locals, transport operators and tourists another level of safety when travelling the long distance between Winton and Boulia. Not to mention the connectivity to be able to send photos and ring relatives from all over Australia," Cr Baskett said.
Boulia Shire Council Mayor Rick Britton said that as the halfway point between Winton and Boulia, Middleton was a crucial connection point.
"Thanks to this new Telstra satellite small cell, livestock transport will be able to connect with their destination, visitors can now showcase their journey on social media to family and friends, and job seekers will have more security on a somewhat daunting 370 kilometre stretch of road," Cr Britton said.
"Overall the telecommunications network opens rural and remote communities up to the world and will help put them on the map."
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