Speculation over TelstraClear’s 3G plans intensify

25 Jul 2005

Speculation over Telstra’s plans to enter the country’s 3G mobile market is intensifying, with some saying that the company’s new network is already largely built, with Ericsson – the vendor for its Australian mobile infrastructure – once again supplying all necessary equipment. A source within the company says that TelstraClear has already built out to beyond the 10% minimum requirement set down by the Telecommunications Act, which allows it to seek regulated access to a competitor’s network. Indeed, rumours abound that Telstra is close to securing a 3G roaming deal with Vodafone and that an announcement could be made soon, although other sources suggest that the company is striving to strike a deal with Telecom to utilise its new W-CDMA network, or roam over its existing CDMA2000 1x EV-DO system, using a new mobile brand name. If TelstraClear signs up with either Vodafone or Telecom, it could leave the other alone in the mounting battle to attract new users in the country’s mobile sector.