Telstra confirms it will wholesale 3G

Telstra confirms it will wholesale 3G

Summary: Telstra has officially confirmed that it will begin wholesaling its 3G network, and hopes to have telcos on-board within six months.

TOPICS: Telcos, Mobility, Telstra

Telstra has officially confirmed that it will begin wholesaling its 3G network, and hopes to have telcos on-board within six months.

After months of speculation, Telstra confirmed to ZDNet Australia this morning that it has begun advising its wholesale customers that it is in the process of developing a 3G wholesale product, as reported by Communications Day.

"There is a lot of work that needs to be done before we are in a position to successfully launch 3G — but we are working through it, and we have let our customers know about our plans," Telstra said.

Telstra could not confirm details on speed, coverage, pricing or features at this stage, but said that it expects to have a product developed within six months.

"We anticipate the proposed solution will offer coverage and speed at least equal to other 3G post-paid offers currently available in the wholesale marketplace," the telco added.

"We have always said we could consider re-selling 3G if it was commercially viable, and this development flags that we are listening to our wholesale customers."

Although earlier reporting had speculated that Telstra would be wholesaling services on its much-lauded Next G network, Telstra clarified to ZDNet Australia that the 3G wholesale product would not be branded Next G, but would not say at this stage whether the 3G wholesale product would ultimately resemble the services offered on Next G.

Telstra is the only mobile network operator to not wholesale its network, as both Optus and Vodafone wholesale services to companies such as Dodo, iiNet, Internode, Red Bull and Woolworths.

Telstra said its account managers are currently in discussion with wholesale customers regarding how best to meet their needs and expectations for a 3G product.

Stay tuned to ZDNet Australia for more on this story as it develops.

Updated at 1:52pm, 23 September 2011: Telstra later clarified its earlier words, saying that when it spoke about not offering Next G services, it meant as a brand.

Topics: Telcos, Mobility, Telstra


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  • "and only wholesale its 3G GSM network"

    That's wrong. GSM is 2G! I'm sure you meant HSPA.
  • Hi Comphelp,

    You're right. I meant UMTS. However Telstra has backtracked on its previous statements in any case and it has been reflected.
    Josh Taylor
  • I dont know how much wholesale mobile costs with Vod & Optus, but if Simon Hacket has anything to say by comparing how he is always saying land line & data based Telstra wholesale services cost to much i am expecting this to be a premuim wholesale product.

    I also wonder how VHA (3) is going to handel it seeing that they own through a partnership a large part of the Telstra 3G network.
    • Voda/3 and Telstra are divvying up the shared 2100MHz network

      This could work well for Telstra and their wholesale customers as long as they ensure they choose the right wholesale partners and don't just let everyone in otherwise they end up in a situation like Optus have today where their wholesale customers slash the guts of the service and have driven down the price hurting their own bottom line as they lose retail customers to wholesale.
    • That is not correct.

      They will handle it fine. VHA does not own a large part of the telstra 3G network. They both jointly own half of the Telstra/3 3G network on the 2100Mhz network which will be divided up at the end of the year. The 850Mhz 3G network that telstra has is a much larger and better network.
  • spkspk is correct.

    Telstra and 3/Vodafone are shutting down their joint network at the end of the year.

    Telstra doesn't believe that it'll impact their customers when that happens though as they've pretty much only exclusively sold phones set to work in the 850 band for quite some time.
    Josh Taylor
  • Telstra if you think you can afford wholesale pricing, why not just reduce your retail pricing and give your customers a better deal without the need for resellers.

    I can hear/read the engagement of Internode's Simon Hacket already with their differences.

    Telstra you really don't need to wholesale this your network, get the right people to price and market the product. One of the great mythes in this country is the belief there is competition, the fact is we have 3 mobile carriers with infrastructure, all quite capable of selling their respective products. What we don't want is a host of resellers, who have no interest in providing infrastructure, just cut throat pricing.

    TELSTRA, DON'T DO IT! (You only have to look at what it has done the the Optus and Vodafone networks.)
  • Telstra should learn from the fibre fiasco happenings in south brisbane with iinet and intrernode they will go to the accc, so iinet and internode can make profits

    Telstra should rethink in supoplying thier service to internode or iinet

    iinet and internode will always give negatives towards telstra as a wholesaler
    syd. L-cd546
  • I hope Telstra fix the horrible bandwidth/latency problems plaguing NextG around the Melbourne CBD recently before they dump even more customers on it via wholesale.