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Mackay Development: Telco giant reveals new plans

By Tammy Laval

TELECOMMUNICATION services in Mackay’s city heart and fringes could be given a boost in coming months if plans lodged by Optus get the green light.

The communication giant has lodged a development application with Mackay Regional Council to construct a new mobile network base station at the Mackay Showgrounds.

Lodged last month, the plan would see a 33.2 metre structure erected at the Milton Street site.

The structure would include:

  • One 30m high slimline monopole
  • Four panel antennas measuring
  • Ancillary equipment including 20 remote radio units, 12 combiners and 3 fibre-optic breakout boxes mounted behind and below the antennas
  • A floodlight mounted on the monopole at the same height as surrounding floodlights used for lighting at the showgrounds
  • A power distribution point mounted on the monopole to enhance capacity/supply to market stalls/vendors at showground events
  • One 3-bay equipment outdoor unit on a concrete support slab next to the existing shed
  • Underground fibre and feeder cabling run between the proposed monopole

In the application, Optus detailed how the proposed telecommunications facility forms part of a greater joint venture between Optus and Vodafone to provide accelerated and improved mobile telephone services.

“The site sharing arrangements will allow each carrier to expand their 3G and 4G coverage through access to more mobile sites resulting in an improved network,” the developers explained in their proposal.

“The primary coverage objective is to enhance indoor and outdoor coverage to the residential and commercial properties in Mackay City Centre and surrounding suburbs.

“The facility would provide economic benefits, through improved services, a greater choice of service carriers and by maintaining competition between providers to reduce costs to consumers.”

Source: Mackay Regional Council

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