5g comes to Sunbury


Jessica Micallef

Broadband connectivity in Sunbury is set to improve as telecommunication companies upgrade a local mobile base station.

The Sunbury Central Base Station in Evans Street will soon be upgraded with 5G equipment, including panel antennas on the existing monopole and new ancillary equipment.

McEwen MP Rob Mitchell said the upgrade to 5G promised to deliever faster speeds, better response times and greater capacity.

“I am pleased to see the telecos are doing their bit to improve connectivity for our community with an adaptable, accessible and responsive 5G network that will serve us better now and into the future,” he said.

“The COVID-19 crisis has really highlighted the necessity for better telecommunications in our area.

“With so many in our community trying to work from home, home schooling the kids at the same time and just trying to keep in touch with family and friends … the need for reliable, quick, adaptable communications services has never been higher.

“And with the bushfire season around the corner, these improvements are welcome.”

Mr Mitchell said more needed to be done to improve broadband connectivity in the Macedon Ranges.

“It would be great if the coalition government would also do its bit to help improve telecommunications in our area, including Gisborne and the Macedon Ranges where getting connected is at best a nightmare or next to impossible at times,” he said.