Australia’s Telstra Corp. has announced its intention to spend a whopping A$3 billion (US$2.1 billion) on national network deployment in the next twelve months, with a third of this expenditure potentially tagged for wireless services.
The country’s largest wireless carrier this week unveiled a number of plans that will have the industry’s equipment vendors salivating at the negotiating table. According to EMC, Telstra boasts a GSM subscriber base of 6.4 million and 921,900 CDMA customers.
Here’s the juicy details on Telstra’s plans:
A commitment to launch W-CDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) services in 2005, “either through a paced rollout or an infrastructure sharing arrangement.” Technology Group managing director Ted Pretty revealed a network buildout could cost Telstra “A$900 million to A$1 billion” (US$637 million to US$707 million) over four years. Should Telstra choose to share its network rollout with a rival carrier, industry scuttlebutt cites Hutchison Telecoms Australia Ltd. as the most likely partner.
The carrier finally admitted to trials with Flash-OFDM startup Flarion Technologies. According to a statement, the service will offer “a wireless broadband access product for fixed PCs in situations where cable and fixed copper solutions are not available, for instance for in-fill services beyond the range of ADSL.” No details of trial size or timescale were divulged (see Flarion Confirms Telstra Trial).
The completion of a A$31 million (US$22 million) investment in 1,400 CDMA1xRTT base stations sites. Nortel is again the lucky recipient (see Telstra Upgrades to 1xRTT).
A 12-month program to extend the coverage of existing GSM and CDMA networks by adding 500 base stations to the 7,000 total base stations Telstra claims are in commercial operation.