Australian telco Telstra is officially launching its EV-DO 3G mobile data network tomorrow, after spending around AUD50 million (USD 38.5 million) upgrading its CDMA network to the new standard. The EV-DO solution will provide Telstra’s business customers with high speed mobile data services, and could also provide broadband internet access for residential subscribers situated beyond the reach of a DSL exchange in Australia.
Telstra has already undertaken a three-month trial of the EV-DO network, providing the service to some of Australia’s largest consulting firms; coverage is currently only available in metropolitan areas and larger regional centres. Users of the new network will continue to use Telstra’s CDMA network for voice calls. The operator is also planning to launch a W-CDMA 3G mobile network in collaboration with rival telco Hutchison.