Hutch to push 2G users to 3G and close Orange network

1 Feb 2006

Hutchison Whampoa has announced plans to shut down its Australian 2G operator Hutchison Telecommunications Australia (HTA) and attempt to migrate all customers to its 3G provider Hutchison 3G Australia (H3G). HTA currently offers services to around 400,000 users over CDMA IS-95A and CDMA2000 1x infrastructure under the brand name Orange. Hutch says that more than 20,000 customers have upgraded from Orange to H3G, which offers services under the brand name 3, in January following a targeted campaign, and the company anticipates that figure will rise to 50,000 per month in the near future. HTA will close down the Orange network ‘once a critical mass of customers have upgraded to 3G’.