Telstra worker claims extra mobile tower a 'smart move'
WITH nearly every household owning at least one smart phone, the pressure is on Telstra more than ever to deliver a faster service.
But a new mobile tower proposed for Gympie is expected to ease the load and provide a more reliable mobile phone network.
Demand for greater network coverage has increased incredibly in recent years because of the community's growing appetite for data.
The only way to satisfy is by installing more mobile phone towers, but it is a rigorous process to get these approved, says Telstra's area general manager Kris Carver.
He said Telstra began scoping for a site about five years ago for another tower to boost mobile phone coverage for the people of Gympie.
With towers to the west and south-east of Gympie supplying most of the region's network coverage, Mr Carver is almost certain Telstra's proposal for a new tower to be built near the water reservoir at Jones Hill will be approved by the community.
He said the two towers were running at capacity, servicing a large area that was growing.
"We are experiencing problems even when it is business as usual, let alone when there is a severe weather event."
He said the tower at Mothar Mtn was unreliable during strong winds and flooding, as it was difficult to reach if the roads were cut by fallen trees or flooding.
Following a lengthy three-year negotiation process with the landowner, the Department of Environmental Resource Management, Telstra received approval after meeting strict criteria that included environmental and town planning concerns.
Mr Carver met with Gympie Regional Council on Wednesday to propose Telstra's plans and said he received a positive response.
The next stage is to consult the public by hosting an information session with experts in the field to address the community's concerns.
"Where public perception about mobile phone towers was once that they devalued nearby properties, now it means faster internet speeds and more reliable mobile phone coverage, which is a high priority for residents," Mr Carver said.
"We are more than happy to talk to people in the community and listen to their concerns."
People wishing to discuss any issues involving the proposed tower are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org.