CDMA shut-down delayed ‘til April

22 Jan 2008

The controversial closure of Telstra’s CDMA network has been postponed until April, following an order by the Federal Government. The scheduled closure of the CDMA network on 28 January was subject to approval by Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Minister Stephen Conroy that Telstra’s Next G (3G) network provided the same or better coverage or services as CDMA. Mr Conroy announced that the closure would now be re-scheduled to 28 April, saying that while the Next G coverage was equivalent to CDMA, services and information to customers needed to be improved. ‘In order to access a Next G service that is equivalent to a CDMA service, it is crucial customers use an appropriate handset or equipment,’ Mr Conroy said.

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