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Telecom New Zealand enables EV-DO roaming in Australia
Posted on 4-Aug-2005 14:12. | Tags Filed under: News.

Telecom customers can now use their laptops with Mobile Broadband data cards or Harrier PDAs in Australia’s major metropolitan centres.

The service is available in Australian cities and large regional towns. Customers can use their Mobile Broadband capable devices (data cards or Harrier Pocket PC Phone Edition) to access high-speed Mobile Broadband at speeds averaging 600kbps.

With the launch, Telecom is the first telecommunications provider in the world to provide international data roaming over 3G EV-DO (Evolution Data Optimised) technology.

Outside the Australian Mobile Broadband coverage area, customers can still use their laptops or PDAs but they will connect at lower speeds on a CDMA 1xRTT network.

The service follows a roaming agreement between Telecom and Telstra Australia.

“Australia is the key destination for New Zealand business travellers. This means customers visiting Australia will be able to access the same 3G Mobile Broadband data speeds they currently enjoy in New Zealand,” Telecom Mobile General Manager Kevin Kenrick said.

“This is a huge boost for trans-Tasman business travellers. It’s a big step on the way towards truly seamless trans-Tasman telecommunications.”

Telecom Mobile Broadband customers in Australia will be able to send and receive email, download business information, organise appointments and access the Internet via their laptops or PDAs.

Customers can also opt to use advanced services such as Remote Office, giving them full access to the company LAN while in Australia.

The launch of trans-Tasman mobile data roaming follows the recent announcement that Telecom will be extending its 3G Mobile Broadband network to all New Zealand main towns and cities by the end of the year.

While data speeds can vary, Mobile Broadband is faster than Telecom’s existing nationwide 027 network and the UMTS based services expected to be offered by Telecom’s competitors later this year.

Telecom mobile data customers in New Zealand wanting to use the service in Australia will need an up-to-date roaming code on their device. They can check this or arrange to have it set up by contacting their Telecom account manager or dealer.

The Harrier Pocket PC is also known in the United States is Audiovox XV6600 and available through Verizon Wireless.

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