Australia’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, Telstra, has officially confirmed that it is working on plans to introduce wholesale services over its 3.5G network, which is known as ‘Next G’. According to ZDNet Australia, the operator has suggested that it aims to have alternative telcos on board within six months, and the development comes less than two months after reports first surfaced claiming that Telstra was considering opening access to its Next G infrastructure. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in July 2011 it was claimed that Telstra had entered into negotiations with mobile resellers regarding the possibility of opening up its 850MHz 3G infrastructure by early-2012. At that date it was suggested that Telstra had approached a number of potential mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partners with a view to sounding out interest in such a venture, despite having previously waited for such parties to come to it.
In confirming its intentions, Telstra noted: ‘There is a lot of work that needs to be done before we are in a position to successfully launch 3G — but we are working through it, and we have let our customers know about our plans.’ The telco has, however, yet to detail what sort of speeds, coverage and features will likely be made available as part of the wholesale offering, while price too remains up in the air. ‘We anticipate the proposed solution will offer coverage and speed at least equal to other 3G post-paid offers currently available in the wholesale marketplace.’