Next G to reach Telstra users two months early

Next G to reach Telstra users two months early

Summary: Telstra has announced its Next G network rollout will be completed ahead of schedule, despite government fears that the deployment couldn't meet expectations.

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Telstra has announced its Next G network rollout will be completed ahead of schedule, despite government fears that the deployment couldn't meet expectations.

The company has revealed that it expects to complete its network rollout two months before time, in mid-October. The planned Next G coverage extension is intended to replace the telco's current 2G CDMA network.

Last month, Communications Minister Helen Coonan voiced her fears that Next G may not yet be an adequate replacement for the CDMA network, which Telstra plans to switch off on 28 January 2008.

"I received a lot of complaints and a lot of concerns have been expressed to me that the new Next G is not providing, at the moment, a very good service," she said recently, after ordering audits of the network's performance.

When the deployment is completed, Next G should cover 1.9 million square km -- slightly larger than the 1.6 million square km currently spanned by its CDMA network.

According to Telstra, technicians had driven more than 33,000 kilometres since May to test Next G's performance. The telco is also asking customers to submit experience of coverage "black spots" through its Web site.

The company claims that Next G will equal or beat CDMA in performance terms by October, and has recently extended the reach of the network to provide download speeds of 2.3Mbps at distances of 200km.

Topics: Telcos, Mobility, Networking, Telstra

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  • Hmm

    Amazing what a bit of competition does!

    This would'nt have happened without OPEL
    anonymous
  • ....

    What wouldn't have happened without OPEL? NextG? Extended like for like coverage? All this was announced and underway well before OPEL was even a discussion point...
    anonymous
  • Free Telstra.

    Look forward to the day when all agree that Telstra has no monopoly thereby allowing Telstra to cut loose and kick butt. Go the BIG AUSSIE.
    anonymous
  • ...?

    How do you work that out. Next G has been under construction since 2005. OPEL wasn't around when Next G was started and is simply a stop gap measure and doesn't offer anything that doesn't already exist in one form or another.
    anonymous
  • What's after NextG?

    I want to know what's next. Because I just moved on to NextG and the reception is still flaky.
    anonymous
  • Updating cdma phone

    In mid 2005 whilst touring the TOP END my wife and I found that our old phone was useless.After talking to fellow travellers we both bought cdma phones with prepaid credits. We now have to throw them out and buy two new phones which will have cameras/video,sound system,computer coffee maker etc.All of which are not needed.As we are both age pensioners the phones arenot used much.My wife uses hers to let me know that she has finished shopping and would like a lift home.This means that this would cost about $2 a month out of a$20 credit recharge card. A loss of $18.My credit lasts about 2to 3 months now a loss of $40.Having to go onto a plan at a cost on top of buying new phones is just over the top. We have been with Telstra since 1965.What price loyalty?
    anonymous
  • i want open tv with my phone

    digital tv not work
    anonymous