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The Federal Government has unveiled its new $50 million Regional Roads Australia Mobile Program (RRAMP), designed to improve mobile coverage on roads and highways in regional and remote Australia.

Drawing funding from the government’s Better Connectivity Plan, the RRAMP will fund pilot programs with states and territories to trial new and innovative solutions to boost mobile coverage along roads and highways.

The Federal Government said that engagement and collaboration with state and territory governments will ensure funding meets local needs and priorities and delivers value-for-money and long-term sustainability.

The pilot programs will fund new infrastructure, or the expansion of existing infrastructure, on regional highways and major roads and inform development of a scaled-up national program. Multi-carrier coverage will also be prioritised to improve consumer choice and access.

Participating states and territories are expected to contribute to the pilot program, either through partner funding or an in-kind contribution, including fast-tracking access to government-controlled land or provision of project and contract management services. 

The Federal Government has invited states and territories to participate with proposals required by 23 February 2024.

Federal Minister for Communications, Michelle Rowland, said, “The Albanese Government is narrowing the digital divide in rural and regional Australia – including by improving mobile coverage on roads and highways.

“The Regional Roads Australia Mobile Program will help deliver targeted solutions that address unique local challenges, boosting mobile connectivity for communities and commuters alike.

“Successful multi-carrier solutions will ensure we leverage existing infrastructure to keep Australians connected – regardless of who their carrier might be.

“I welcome proposals from state and territory governments, and look forward to seeing the successful pilot projects roll out across Australia,” Ms Rowland said. 

Assistant Editor, Utility magazine

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