Telstra Launches HSDPA Network Operating on 850MHz Band
Posted on 6-Oct-2006 12:46
Filed under: News
Australian operator Telstra has announced the launch of its NEXT G serviced, a cellular voice and data network based on HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) and using the 850MHz band.
The network was developed and deployed across Australia in a record ten months.
The investment required to create this network was about AU$1 billion, in which the company says is the world's geographically largest national 3GSM network.
Telstra says NEXT G is more than 100 times bigger geographically than any other 3GSM network in Australia, delivering voice and broadband services to 98 per cent of the population.
HSDPA can provide download speeds averaging 550Kbps to 1.5Mbps, and peak network speeds of up to 3.6Mbps, increasing up to 14.4Mbps early next year.
Customers can watch 12 channels of FOXTEL exclusively on their NEXT G handset, including news, sport, wildlife documentaries, and children's programs, with more to come. Warner Bros. classic movies and the BBC's television programs are also available on their PCs through the BigPond Movie Download service.
Users will also be able to download music tracks to both their mobile and computer in 1-click.
Telstra is providing the 'locate me' technology, which matches a consumer's location with their information request through services such as CitySearch, WhereIs, Trading Post and Yellow Mobile.
Customers will be able to install a NEXT G card into their computer, providing high-speed access to the Internet for business, entertainment, or personal applications, such as browsing the web or email.
The NEXT G turbo card will be recommended for business customers, allowing high speed data access across Australia and up to 30 countries around the world.
Telstra has been working with leading handset manufacturers, including Samsung, Motorola, LG and Sony Ericsson to produce an impressive NEXT G roadmap of approximately 30 devices that will be available over the next 18 months. At launch four mobiles (Samsung A701 and A501, Telstra ZTE 850/51 and LGTU500), one Pocket PC (i-mate JASJAM, pictured) and one data card (GT Max), will be available, with Motorola products coming next month and Palm releasing soon after.
Telstra and Ericsson will continue to extend network coverage and upgrade software for faster speeds next year in readiness for the closure of the CDMA network in 2008, when NEXT G coverage will be as good, or better than currently available with the previous CDMA technology.