Telstra mobile base will be running for this weekend’s Southern 80.JESS CRAIG February 3, 2014 4:32am
A temporary mobile phone base designed to improve mobile phone coverage during busy tourism periods is up and running.
The Cell on Wheels was constructed before Australia Day and will remain in place during the Southern 80 weekend.
While there have been problems in the past with COW, the new tower is the same one which is used during the Melbourne Grand Prix.
Telstra area manager Steve Tinker said the tower had 4G capabilities.
He said the 4G coverage and additional network sites in the area would help free-up capacity.
‘‘The tower worked exceptionally well over Australia Day weekend,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve installed additional permanent towers in the area to cope with the influx of tourists to Echuca-Moama during Southern 80.
‘‘We’ve done all the preparations and we’re as prepared as we can be.’’
Mr Tinker reminded people they may need to be patient with coverage during the huge race event.
‘‘There may be occasions when the network is slow, so we’d ask that people just be patient,’’ he said.
‘‘Hopefully, all of the work we’ve done will minimise that problem.’’
The COW that failed in February 2013 was an older piece of technology.
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