New phone tower pitch could break Telstra's 'monopoly'
RELIEF could be on the way for residents living in one of Ipswich's most notorious mobile black spots.
A new mobile phone tower has been proposed for Newsky Court at Deebing Heights where residents struggle to find any reception unless they are with Telstra.
Newsky Court resident Maddison Eleison, a 20-year-old student, was effectively cut off from the world inside her own home until she switched from Vodafone to Telstra about five years ago.
She said seeing neighbours out on the road, holding their phone up to the sky was still a common sight in her neighbourhood where internet access is also touch and go.
"It's pretty frustrating for anyone who comes to our house and isn't with Telstra," Maddison said.
"Telstra definitely has a monopoly on the market here so hopefully having an Optus tower will create some more competition."
Even though changing to Telstra has given her family some relief, the Telstra blackouts that saw the network crash half a dozen times in the past year put her and her neighbours back to square one.
"Last Christmas there was a good four days where our whole neighbourhood had zero reception," she said.
Optus has lodged an application with Ipswich City Council to build a new tower at 47 Newsky Court - a few blocks down from Maddison's home.
If approved the tower will stand 45m high.
The council is yet to make a decision on the application lodged last week.