Telstra reaches first Next G wholesale agreement

6 Mar 2012

Telstra, Australia’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, has revealed that it has inked the first wholesale deal for its ‘Next G’ network, with telecoms wholesaler iTelecom Wholesale emerging as the first company to put pen to paper. Commenting on the development, iTelecom Wholesale’s chief technology officer, Bruno Giger, said of the agreement: ‘We are delighted to expand our relationship with Telstra Wholesale. We chose Telstra Wholesale’s Post-paid Mobile Solution because we know we will receive a quality service over a robust and reliable network. This will underpin our Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE) platform and provide a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) solution to Retail Service Providers.’

As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in July 2011 it was suggested that Telstra was examining wholesaling options amid claims it had entered into negotiations with mobile resellers regarding the possibility of opening up the 850MHz 3G infrastructure for wholesale opportunities early in 2012. Two months later Telstra confirmed the rumours, revealing it was working on plans to introduce wholesale services over the Next G network, saying in September 2011 that it aimed to have alternative telcos on board within six months, with the operator noting: ‘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.’

Australia, Telstra (incl. Belong), Telstra Mobile