& cplSiteName &

Telstra Flashes Its Cash

Light Reading
LR Mobile News Analysis
Light Reading

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.

  • A A$50 million (US$35 million) capital expenditure on CDMA1x EV-DO services, to be launched “later in 2004... in major cities and selected regional centres.” Infrastructure vendor Nortel Networks Ltd. (NYSE/Toronto: NT) has already been confirmed as the equipment supplier (see Telstra Cranks Up CDMA and Nortel Supplies Telstra EV-DO).

  • 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.

  • The launch "in the December quarter of 2004” of NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s i-mode service, based on GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) technology. Telstra joins the likes of Bouygues Telecom, KPN Mobile, and Telefònica Mòviles (Spain) SA in launching i-mode outside of DoCoMo’s domestic Japanese market (see Telstra to Launch i-mode and Foreign i-mode Subs Grow).

    — Justin Springham, Senior Editor, Europe, Unstrung

    (0)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Related Stories
    Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    Featured Video
    Upcoming Live Events
    March 16-18, 2020, Embassy Suites, Denver, Colorado
    April 20, 2020, Las Vegas Convention Center
    May 18-20, 2020, Irving Convention Center, Dallas, TX
    May 18, 2020, Hackberry Creek Country Club, Irving, Texas
    September 15-16, 2020, The Westin Westminster, Denver
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Upcoming Webinars
    Webinar Archive
    Partner Perspectives - content from our sponsors
    Challenges & Key Issues of Constructing 'MEC-Ready' 5G Bearer Networks for Carriers
    By Dr. Song Jun, Senior Solution Architect, Huawei Datacom Product Line
    Good Measures for 5G Service Assurance
    By Tomer Ilan, Senior Director of Product Management, RADCOM
    Automation Scores Against Operational Costs – The Business Benefits of Automation and Orchestration
    By John Malzahn, Senior Manager, Service Provider Product Marketing, Cisco Systems
    All Partner Perspectives