Coonan talks tough on Telstra CDMA

Coonan talks tough on Telstra CDMA

Summary: Communications Minister Senator Helen Coonan has again warned that Telstra must not jeopardise CDMA coverage to customers in regional and rural areas as the telco prepares to switch off the network in favour of its third generation mobile network.Coonan, in a statement released yesterday, announced a government-commissioned audit of Telstra's CDMA coverage was complete.

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Communications Minister Senator Helen Coonan has again warned that Telstra must not jeopardise CDMA coverage to customers in regional and rural areas as the telco prepares to switch off the network in favour of its third generation mobile network.

Coonan, in a statement released yesterday, announced a government-commissioned audit of Telstra's CDMA coverage was complete. The audit covered 100 sites, though there have been concerns it favoured the eastern seaboard.

Coonan talks tough on Telstra CDMA: Helen Coonan

A second audit monitoring Telstra's new network, Next G, will follow. The audits must show that Next G provides equal service for CDMA users before Telstra is allowed to switch off the old network next year, according to Coonan (right).

She said the government was mindful of Telstra ensuring a smooth transition to Next G for customers, particularly those in regional and rural areas.

"An independent audit comparing Next G coverage with CDMA coverage is a key part of verifying Telstra's public assurance that it will not shut down the CDMA network until Next G provides the same or better coverage and services."

Telstra's Next G network is already operating nationwide.

"Even if this assurance is met, Telstra has stated that the CDMA network will not be switched off before 28 January 2008," Coonan said.

The government has not committed to releasing the audit to the public, a spokesperson told ZDNet Australia today.

Topics: Telcos, Government, Government AU, Mobility, Telstra

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  • Telstra CDMA/3G

    I used to be on the analogue network(worked great)then that was removed & I had to go to Digital(worked in most places).Then I moved to a Remote Area,Told I had no choice but to go to CDMA Or Satellite Phone.Sat Phone does not always get service & is too expensive.So I went to CDMA,but can only get reception with the use of an external ariel.Now they tell me CDMA is doomed to go,& I have to go to 3G.According to Telstra I can only Recieve Service in my Area with an External Ariel,but according to them no-one makes a handset that takes an external Ariel,at this Stage.Also 3G Plan will cost More.I can't wait for my Sattellite Broadband to be connected & I can use Voip.(Not with Telstra)Mobile Phone,I'll wait & see.
    anonymous
  • Coonan Talks tough on CDMA

    We are in a similar situation, trying to run a business where most of our work is in areas where only CDMA works. We need new handsets and telstra wont let you but a new handset outright and change your number to it, therefore forcing a switch to Next G which doesnt work in our area even with an external aerial.
    anonymous
  • Coonan talks tough on Telstra CDMA

    "Tough"?. Yeah Right. Telstra must be quivering in fear.
    If Coonan won't release to the public the audit of mobile coverage, the public will still make their own judgements.
    Right now the story is that NextG doesn't deliver in the regions and Telstra won't permit new CDMA connections.

    So please go home Sol. Take your mate Coonan with you. Thats the minister who will say anything to appear useful before an election, but do little.
    anonymous