Calls for better mobile phone reception in Australia

Folk festival organisers in Port Fairy, Victoria, have called for upgrades to be made to its mobile phone coverage after thousands of music lovers were left with no way of contacting anyone.

The area's coverage couldn't cope with the extra 15,000 or so extra mobile phones on the network and so most festival-goers couldn't receive or make calls for the duration of the Port Fairy Folk Festival, which took place from March 9th to 12th, The Standard reports.

This is an issue that came to light last month as member for Parkes Mark Coulton addressed the federal parliament pleading for action to be taken in certain parts of the country.

Festival director Jamie McKew said the mobile service, including web browsing on smartphones, was so bad that calling was impossible for large parts of the long weekend.

“If I was the CEO of Optus I’d be ashamed of the service I’d provided to 50,000 people over four days. It was just pathetic,” he continued.

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