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Optus has switched on a new tower in the Baranduda Ranges, delivering much needed coverage and connectivity to regional Victoria.

Optus has partnered with the Victorian Government as part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

Located along Beechworth-Wodonga Road, the tower will provide coverage North east towards Wodonga. More than 40 homes will now be able to connect to reliable mobile reception for the first time, providing them with the ability to make and receive calls, texts and browse the internet.

Additionally, more than 30 square kilometres of area surrounding the site will receive greatly enhanced mobile coverage which includes more than seven kilometres along Beechworth-Wodonga Road.

Andrew Sheridan, Optus’ Vice President of Regulatory and Public Affairs said, “Bringing much needed mobile coverage to the Baranduda Ranges is critical for residents and local communities. It not only means greater safety for those living, working and driving through this area by unlocking access to communication but also helps to facilitate contact with family and friends.”

“This site will enable valuable opportunities for the local community, allowing regional Victoria to remain competitive with access to the same resources as the rest of Australia. Competition is not only essential for the economy, but also great for the community, with this new site providing customers with better choice and value.”

“We know how important access to reliable mobile coverage is for those living and working across regional Australia, and right now it is more critical than ever. It’s a certainly a bonus to be delivering this boost at such a crucial time when many families are currently in isolation and staying connected is essential for education, business and personal reasons.”

Optus continues to invest in its network to improve coverage, reliability and speed across its Australian mobile network, with the new tower in the Baranduda Ranges providing a competitive telecommunications alternative for local residents and businesses.