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ARTC and Telstra to upgrade telecommunications in rural NSW

Mobile Telecommunications

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) Inland Rail and Telstra have started work on delivering new mobile telecommunications infrastructure on the Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) section of Inland Rail.

The $3.4 million project will enable rail systems operations on the network and deliver improved connectivity for rural communities in north-western New South Wales.


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Telstra Enterprise Channel and Network Sales Executive Andrew Stormont said the project would provide opportunities for residents and businesses.

“When completed in early May 2023, we expect the new mobile base station at North Star to provide approximately 15 kilometres of improved or new 4G coverage for residents and visitors in a radius from the base station,” Stormont said.

The project is expected to enhance mobile telecommunications at four sites along the alignment, providing 4G coverage for trains running on the line.

A new base station is set to be installed in Crooble, a new ‘small cell’ base station will be delivered in Croppa Creek and an existing base station will be upgraded in Gurley.

Acting Chief Executive Inland Rail, Rebecca Pickering said delivering improved mobile telecommunications will leave a positive legacy along the rail corridor.

“Inland Rail is being predominantly delivered in regional Australia, meaning there is a prime opportunity for regional Australia to reap the immediate benefits that come with construction,” Pickering said.

“Local communities and businesses are already seeing the benefits of Inland Rail through Phase 1 of the Narrabri to North Star Inland Rail project.

“As of December 2022, more than 668 local residents had worked on Inland Rail and more than $224 million had been spent with local businesses and suppliers.”

Telstra will manage the ongoing operations and maintenance once the infrastructure has been delivered.

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