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# 14453 4-Jul-2007 09:53
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Read this piece this morning, seems the issues Telstra are having on 850mhz are more widespread and the planned shut down of CDMA 1x & EVDO in Aussie may be delayed.

Here is a link  mentioning the motions by the Federal Govt that Telstra should hold off on getting rid of CDMA 2000 in Janurary 2008. The Next G service is not up to scratch.  Lots of smoke and mirrors from Telstra and ericcson about the WCDMA 850Mhz network, based on the numerous forums on the CDMA / Next G subject out of Aussie. I think Vodafone may be in for an interesting time with there trial 900mhz network coming soon.,,22006089-5013040,00.html?from=public_rss 
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# 76853 4-Jul-2007 10:14
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Stuff was reporting on this on monday


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  # 76855 4-Jul-2007 10:31
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yup, they have a Million plus clients to merge, cant see it happening in that time frame. Most pundits and forum users belive 2009 is the nearest point and there is even talk that 850mhz may never take off as Europe want 900mhz, Cingular are struggling with there 850mhz network and technically there are alot of hurdles to jump before this technology is good enough.

Lot of shareholders of Telstra asking why they couldn't have spent $200 mil for a 98% coverage EVDO network versus a fancy 850mhz UTMS network that has cost well over a billion and may never achieve what it was intended to do.

Any way, from Telecoms point of view a stay of excecution on Telstra CDMA will be a blessing that may give it enough time to launch GSM nationwide and WCDMA, with out the noose around the neck.

Telstra seem to be defiant to the end, talk is they may be forced using the licensing regulations to keep it going if Sol gets to pushy. 
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  # 76864 4-Jul-2007 11:00
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I also hope for a delay in the shutdown of CDMA in Australia. I am currently using Telstra's 850 MHz Next G Mobile Network, and it seems to work every where, just as CDMA does really (but then I have no need to use it in the Outback). Where I am sistuated now, I can't connect to Vodafones 3G network, so Telstra is ahead of the industry and this point. 

A few days ago I stumbled on an article that said AAPT was intending to build a CDMA 1xRtt Mobile network in Australia, pity it never happened. My current CDMA phone is working great in Aussie, I'm not looking forward to having to use a loan phone before Telecom launch their WCDMA / EDGE network in New Zealand.


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