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Australia: NEXT G October 6, 2006

Posted by Jasper in broadband, Mobile.
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Today, Telstra formally announced the launch of its nationwide AU$ 1 billion 3G network called NEXT G. Something I was made acutely aware of this morning by loud live music ricocheting off buildings disturbing my otherwise quite office surroundings. The Telstra launch party had installed itself by the Brisbane River no more than 30 meters from my office building. I am surprised that this is allowed in the CBD on an otherwise normal Friday. Nevertheless, there are number of interesting aspects to the launch.

Telstra is rolling out their 3G network using 2100Mhz & 850Mhz in combination. As far as I am aware Telstra are the only carrier in the world to do this. As of yet it is unclear what this will mean in terms of speed. Telstra claims that in March next year it will be able to offer peak speeds of up to 14.4Mbit/s and in 2009 up to 40Mbit/s. Bold promises, but will they deliver and what happens in the 850MHz range? The unique approach will also be a challenge for Telstra in terms of handset availability. Not surprisingly, Telstra’s handset range will initially be limited to three models.

To use the service for broadband data access, Telstra is currently offering a “NEXT G turbo card”, with initial plans offering 400MB for AU$79.95/month and AU$109.95/month for 1GB – not cheap by any means.

Still, good news that Telstra’s mobile network has been upgraded and that its upgrade has a 98% demographic coverage (see coverage map below). But I am still waiting for someone to step up to the plate and build a true high speed fibre based network. Now that would be an announcement and something that Australians desperately need.

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1. Anonymous - July 29, 2007

Telstra Next G network Does not cover the Rural Areas of Queensland which Includes Alva via Ayr

2. Don B - July 29, 2007

This does not make sense to the residents of the township because we could not recieve signal on CDMA(Can’t Do Much at All) and the signal is much worse on Next G(Gee this one doesn’t work either) so why do they sell us duds.And handsets for the new Network which does not cover our area.


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