PHONE service may be disrupted in Mildura South next week as Telstra shuts down its mobile base station for upgrades.
On Tuesday, June 27, Telstra will begin upgrading the station to bring better 4G and 5G connectivity to Mildura South.
Telstra said from Tuesday until Thursday, there would be no mobile network coverage from this site.
On Friday, temporary interruptions are expected during the day as the network is tested and integrated.
Telstra said customers in the vicinity might be able to obtain service from other mobile towers during the disruption.
Customers are expected to start receiving text messages advising them of the upcoming upgrade in the lead up to Tuesday.
Landline services, NBN internet services and mobile coverage from other providers will not be impacted.
Telstra regional general manager Steve Tinker said while there was never a good time for work to occur, the service disruption was required to upgrade the existing networks.
Telstra said the upgrade to the existing 5G connectivity in Mildura South meant customers with Telstra 5G mobile devices would be able to enjoy a better mobile experience.
The upgrade would also brings added benefits for customers on the Telstra 4G network with more capacity, providing better network connectivity and less congestion in Mildura South in peak periods.
“We are continuing to expand our 5G network across regional Victoria and nationally we are adding new sites to the network every week,” Mr Tinker said.
“Upgrades such as these continue to demonstrate Telstra’s ongoing commitment to regional Australia.”