Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
Rural and Regional Australia gets new high-speed wireless data service
Posted on 27-Jan-2004 18:34 | Tags Filed under: News


Rural and Regional Australia gets new high-speed wireless data service
Telstra will invest a further AU$31 million to roll out advanced wireless data services to rural and regional Australia before the end of the year, completing the first national next-generation mobile data network. The new network will cover 98 per cent of the population, allowing them to access emails, the internet or even company networks, as long as they have a compatible mobile phone, or a PC card or modem used with a laptop or desktop computer.

Group Managing Director for Telstra Country Wide, Doug Campbell, said the announcement was a massive leap in internet connection options for rural and regional customers, providing most with an alternate high-speed internet service.

He said the wireless data service - known as 1xRTT (single carrier radio transmission technology) - operates over the CDMA network to transmit data at speeds of up to 144kilobits per second. IT's well known that this is the maximum speed in theory. In reality users get speeds more close to 56kbps.

"1x is a proven technology, and its availability across the national CDMA network makes it a compelling proposition for those who want mobile data, or who are in areas of CDMA coverage but no fixed telecommunication infrastructure," Mr Campbell said.

"We have invested heavily in the rollout of CDMA, which now covers almost one-fifth of the Australian landmass or around 1.5 million square kilometres - more than double the geographic coverage of GSM.

"Providing 1x across the CDMA network demonstrates our commitment to delivering innovative communications services for our rural and regional customers."

1x was launched just over 12 months ago in the greater metropolitan areas of Sydney and Melbourne, and as a trial in Sale, Victoria. In February 2003 it was released in Brisbane, Canberra the Gold Coast, and selected regional sites, spreading to other capitals only months ago.

Telstra anticipates the effectiveness of 1x as an alternate data service, for both metropolitan and country users, will be greatly enhanced by the national rollout. There are already over 100,000 1x capable devices in the hands of customers, most of them in rural and regional areas.

According to Matt Marlor on his website MTekk IT Services, Telstra is working on a number of new offerings to be made available this year, and his understanding is that this includes the Samsung SGH-i700 (possibly SCH-i700) and perhaps even the Samsung SGH-i600. According to Matt, he has confirmed that the Samsung SGH-i700 Pocket PC Phone is currently being tested for use on Telstra's CDMA 1xRTT network, and that it would likely be released around April, although according to Telstra's press release this may slip somewhat. Not only this, but according to a pdf document on Telstra's website "Other personal digital assistants (PDAs), PC cards, handsets and devices are currently under test for introduction later in the year."


Download: http://www.telstra.com.au/communications/medi...




comments powered by Disqus


Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Kiwis to be hit with tax on online purchases
Created by Gordy7, last reply by Benjip on 22-Nov-2017 09:51 (178 replies)
Pages... 10 11 12


Argh! Bloody Windows10 update just cost me another morning!
Created by kryptonjohn, last reply by Lias on 22-Nov-2017 19:28 (21 replies)
Pages... 2


Slow Speed's Over Cat 5 UTP?
Created by TimmyJackson, last reply by Talkiet on 22-Nov-2017 18:59 (21 replies)
Pages... 2


Xero generated PDF's faulty ?
Created by xpd, last reply by MadEngineer on 20-Nov-2017 20:18 (15 replies)

MMS woes
Created by peejayw, last reply by peejayw on 22-Nov-2017 17:59 (12 replies)

Am on UFB Pro - 200Mbs and got that until recently - now 100Mbs and Bigpipe say they can't fix it
Created by lchiu7, last reply by Spyware on 22-Nov-2017 21:36 (11 replies)

Phone scammers know our name.... how?
Created by kiwifidget, last reply by WyleECoyoteNZ on 21-Nov-2017 20:46 (11 replies)

Device choice - tablet, chromebook, other
Created by Geektastic, last reply by Geektastic on 22-Nov-2017 15:39 (20 replies)
Pages... 2