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An early end to Black Spot mobile phone reception is still some way off.

The Friendly Bay Islander has again approached politicians and contractors to see if the situation has progress in recent times.

The Federal Government announced three months ago that Telstra had been commissioned to erect a Black Spot tower on North Stradbroke Island and Optus at the same time, also received the contract to build a similar tower on the southern end of Russell Island.

At that time, both companies said sites for the towers still had to be selected and new time lines were offered.

In relation to the Russell Island tower to be built, Optus has provided the following information:

• Optus is committed to delivering improved coverage on Russell Island as part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program;

• Optus is currently surveying sites in the area and will keep the Russell Island community updated on the progress of the site;

• Once construction has been completed, the site is expected to go live in mid-2019.

• Optus has offered co-location on this site to other mobile providers in accordance with the program’s guidelines;

* Optus looks forward to investing in the Russell Island area to improve mobile services for the local community and will continue to look at co-funding opportunities such as those provided by participating in the Mobile Black Spots Program.

In relation to North Stradbroke Island, Telstra has has not replied as to where that project is at.

We can only assume it is on a similar time line to the Russell Island tower.