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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 3 December 2020) . . Page.. 213 ..

(5) Optimising the coverage of the tower/base station is firstly a matter for Telstra and the commerciality for a particular location. As noted, there was an existing communications tower on site and consideration was given to whether a new tower was necessary. However, it was determined suitable coverage could be achieved from the existing infrastructure and a new tower was considered to be an unnecessary investment for Icon Water.

(6) As the existing communications tower was a suitable host for the upgraded 4G receiver, a feasibility study was not required to be undertaken for this particular installation. In addition, as the land is leased to Icon Water, any arrangement with Telstra was a private arrangement between the two parties and did not involve the Territory. More information about the LMWQCC mobile reception base station can be sought from Telstra at, referencing and ACMA Register of Radiocommunication Licences Site registration No. 9027112.

(7) Work to design and install the 4G receiver commenced in 2014 on the existing tower. On 4 August 2016 installation commenced and went live on 15 September 2016.

Infrastructure—mobile phone technology(Question No 11)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 4 December 2020 (redirected to the Minister for Economic Development):

(1) When is West Macgregor scheduled to receive 5G cell reception.

(2) How many cells will be placed within the area.

(3) Where will these cells be placed.

(4) What factors will be considered in the placement of these cells to ensure optimal coverage.

(5) Is the rollout of 5G reception cells being handled by the NBN; if not, which organisation is being contracted by the ACT Government to provide 5G cell reception.

(6) What is the cost of that contract.

(7) Will there be any cost to the ACT Government for the installation of 5G in West Macgregor; if so, what is the cost.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Installation of 5G technology in particular locations is a matter for the licenced mobile carriers, namely Telstra, Optus and TPG Telecom. The ACT Government has not been advised on any plans by the mobile carriers to install 5G technology in West Macgregor.

(2) Refer to (1).

(3) Refer to (1).

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