Telco Primus has signalled a switch to
buying all its wholesale mobile phone needs from Optus as its
current supplier Telstra falls from favour.
Primus today launched a post-paid residential mobile phone
service on the back of a wholesale arrangement signed with
SingTel subsidiary Optus.
While Primus currently resells residential CDMA and
enterprise GSM mobile services provided by Telstra, both will eventually be on
the way out.
A spokesperson for Primus told ZDNet Australia via telephone
the company would at some point start reselling the Optus
solution into the business market following the consumer launch
The business launch would likely see any new corporate mobile
services provided over the Optus network rather than Telstra's, the
He confirmed the Telstra CDMA service would "peter out" as the
giant telco has signalled its intention to turn off the legacy
network as part of a transition to third-generation (3G) services.
However the Optus switch did not come in reaction to that network's imminent closure, the spokesperson said.
Primus had made an internal business decision to enter the GSM
residential market with Optus before Telstra signalled the
In the residential market, Primus will bundle fixed-line and
broadband with the new mobile services to give consumers a
discount on the overall package.
"The new mobile service recognises the relevance of mobile
telephony as an adjunct and alternative for fixed-line telephones
in some market segments," Primus local managing director Greg
Wilson said in a statement issued this morning.