Vodafone to launch 3G by end-October

18 Oct 2005

Vodafone Australia has revealed plans to launch 3G services in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and major airports by the end of this month, with the Gold Cost and Brisbane to come on board in March, and Adelaide and Perth to follow in July. The cellco has not revealed any price schemes, but says that six handsets from suppliers including Nokia, Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson will be available at launch, along with a 3G datacard for laptops. Telstra Mobile launched 3G services in September, and Optus Mobile, which rolled out limited services in Canberra in April, is planning to expand to Sydney and Melbourne by the end of the year. All three new entrants are looking to make up ground on Hutchison’s 3, which launched in April 2003.