TelstraClear signs 3G MVNO agreement with Vodafone

6 Jul 2009

Australian-owned cellco TelstraClear has agreed a deal with Vodafone New Zealand which will allow the company to offer W-CDMA based services across Vodafone’s network, the New Zealand Herald reports. TelstraClear first won its 3G licence in 2001 and launched commercial services in 2005 as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) using Vodafone’s network; a disagreement following TelsraClear’s announcement that it would begin deploying its own network infrastructure led the company to withdraw from the 3G market in 2007. The company has since provided CDMA-based services to the corporate sector via a wholesale agreement with incumbent operator Telecom New Zealand. Following Telecom’s recent announcement that it would not be launching wholesale services across its new 3G ‘XT’ network until 2011, TelstraClear reopened negotiations with Vodafone and has now signed an agreement allowing it access to Vodafone’s 3G network for the next three years.