Next G now more popular than CDMA: Telstra

Next G now more popular than CDMA: Telstra

Summary: Telstra has revealed that for the first time, there are more subscribers to its third generation Next G network than its 2G CDMA counterparts, with over one million users adopting 3G technology.

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The switch to 3G requires a new handset, such as the Telstra F850.

Telstra has revealed that for the first time, there are more subscribers to its third generation Next G network than its 2G CDMA counterparts, with over one million users adopting 3G technology.

According to Telstra, the company now has over two million users on its 3G networks: Next G and the 2100 MHz 3G network it shares with Hutchison. The telco said the number of 3G subscribers across its networks has increased by 530 percent in the 12 months to June 2007.

Analyst firm IDC expects almost 6.8 million mobile phones to be sold in Australia this year, and of those, almost 4.2 million will be W-CDMA -- one type of 3G -- devices.

Telstra could not provide details on how many of the subscriptions are for data cards, which provide connectivity for laptop users without the need for Wi-Fi, and how many are for mobile phones. Industry research company Ovum predicts there will be over 10.5 million data card subscriptions in the Asia-Pacific region by 2011, up from just over three million this year.

The number of Next G subscribers is expected to increase as Telstra prepares to close its CDMA service. The telco plans to shut down the network in January and has stated its 3G Next G network will equal or beat the performance of CDMA by that point.

The scheduled closure has attracted a great deal of controversy in recent weeks. Following government concern over performance and coverage, Communications Minister Helen Coonan introduced a draft guideline this week that will prevent the closure until regulators are satisfied Next G is up to scratch.

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

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  • A cautionary true story.

    Had a call from a friend, a visitor from the U.K,. who is driving from Brisbane to Cairns.

    She obtained a Vodaphone system to keep in communication on her journey, with a call from Moore Park Beach (land line) she reported her Vodaphone contract virtually useless with no service and her complaints to Vodaphone without result.

    She is now in the process of investigating the purchase of a Telstra Next-G in the hope of keeping in contact on her onward trip to Cairns.
    anonymous
  • Re: A cautionary true story

    Ok so she had a problem with one Telco in one area of Australia. This is not unusual - It just depends on where their towers are and maybe Vodaphone aren't the best for where she planned to use the service. The opposite might be the case elsewhere. Who is to -guarantee- her experience with Telstra will be better? She is just using trial and error on a moving target (location) changes).

    One things for sure Telstra loves people with more dollars than sense - Just check their rates!
    anonymous
  • More people doesn't always mean more "popular"

    Whose choice/hype is it to use the term "popular" for this article - Telstra or the writers?

    It's hardly surprising that at some stage there would be more customers on NextG than CDMA - Telstra have told everyone to get off it because they are shutting it down!! It's not like people have a choice to stay on CDMA.

    Naturally if you're a Telstra customer there is a tendancy to cut over to a deal on NextG even for the interim to check it out. I'm not sure how this rates as a news story...

    Has anyone looked at the price rates for NextG - What a ripoff. How they managed to con people into paying such high rates is impressive (but congratulations to them) - Now that's a story to report!
    anonymous
  • More on 3G

    I chose to move provider than move to 3G. 3G does not meet my service requirements and I have no interest in mobile data (data gouging!) Thankfully, at work ,we have no migrated all mobile to Optus and the difference in service levels and cost is fantastic! Telstra wants to bully the market into using 3G when most people are happy with CDMA.
    Good to see you're still working for Tesltra lawrence!
    anonymous
  • cdma/nextg

    All the debate I have seen fails to mention that Telstra shares its cdma network with other resellers. I is not sharing the Next G. SO if you are a non-Telstra CDMA customer then you can join testra (not what a lot of people want) or not have a phone. Telstra has burnt a lot of people and most dont want to go back
    anonymous
  • Rates

    Telstra seem to come up with decent products and ideas however their 3G rates are insane. They were well ahead of the game and could have killed other providers are the start line by offering prices such as we see now offered by '3' etc; imagine the volume of subscribers they would have amassed. I dunno how they can be so retarded. Of course no one is going to pay that much! what do they think I am on a stripper's pay?
    anonymous
  • A cautionary true story

    Sorry to here about your friend being misled by Vodaphone. They should refund her money. Tell her if they dont she can ask the Department of Fair Trading to contact Vodaphone for her and if necessary take them to court and force them to compensate her. This will cost her nothing and she can do this on the internet simply by sending an email with all the details to The Department of Fair Trading in her state. This action should be taken after she has approached Vodaphone herself and they have refused to compensate her.
    If your travelling around Oz always choose Telstras Next G. It's great now and they are increasing the speed again this year and again in 2009.
    anonymous
  • Another Telstra Rip-off

    Telstra has an agreement with the Fed Govt, forced on Telstra, to provide/share access to CDMA for other providers eg., Optus etc. While the rest of the world is settling for CDMA, Telstra are abandoning it in favour of Next G. Now Next G may be technically better and faster but Oz is such a small market it's hard to get good quality handsets, so we are left to try and work with a good system with bad handsets. Why? Because Telstra have no agreement with Fed. Govt. to provide other suppliers with access to Next G. So come the closure of the CDMA system Telstra puts all its competitors out of the race and once again Telstra again has its monopoly.
    Not only are Telstra criminals who don't care about customer service but the Fed. Govt. haven't got a brain to see through this con job.
    anonymous
  • Each carrier has spectrum, no monopoly

    The Mobile networks in the country have all been built based on commercial decisions and not monopolistic activities. Many tears ago the other companies claimed that CDMA gave an unfair advantage and as such Telstra was pushed to wholesale the service. The market has matured since the, with all the carriers claiming great coverage, some claim better why should the network be forcibly wholesaled?

    If this is a commercial decision by O/V/3 not to build geographically beyond what they already have then they should suffer customer losses outside these areas.
    anonymous