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  # 82501 15-Aug-2007 14:17
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As nice as it may be I can't imagine Telstra will continue to run its CDMA network (at a cost of $hundreds of millions p.a.) just so it can make roaming for a few trans-tasman customers a bit easier (as lucrative as the roaming market is). If the life of CDMA is extended it'll be purely because WCDMA coverage isn't up to scratch.

Roaming could have been part of the equation when they were making the CDMA vs WCDMA decision, but not now WCDMA is up and running.

Yes I agree. It seems Telstra still have quite a few CDMA customers through. Despite the Australian Goverments ruling that Telstra's Next G network must provide equall coveage to CDMA, I stil see CDMA being shut down on the 28th of January 2008.


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  # 82672 17-Aug-2007 00:10
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Umm - Telecom use "Telstra" in Aussie anyway (i.e. the parent to TCL)! So I'm thinking - No!!

Telecom only use Telstra for CDMA Roaming, with the new Worldmode solution, you can use any carrier and pay the same rates. As for Telecom's Australian arm, AAPT they only wholesale Telstra CDMA, and fixed solutions where Powertell do not have their own network or interconnection with other partners. As for GSM/WCDMA mobile AAPT resell their own plans via Hutch 3 and Vodafone Australia.

As for the return, Telstra may offer a change in schedule of CDMA shut down and perhaps an access agreement to AAPT to its Next G mobile network.

So as for something in return, there are a few options.


I reckon a broader "Comstra" alliance could make life very difficult for competitors. If both TelstraClear and AAPT got a leg up to 2nd in their respective markets then it would give their parents more room to entrench their home advantage or go looking for other opportunities.

Things look fairly balanced to me. Both have a large subsidiary investment but are struggling to achieve profitability. The NZ market is smaller than Australia but is also less hostile.

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