Electronics Wireless CDMA Network Opens in Australia
By Daniel Cheung
Electronics has completed the installation of 427 CDMA base stations.
These will supply the wireless CDMA network for Hutchison Telecom
Australia Ltd. This project has
gained particular attention since the CDMA network has been commercialised in a
country which already has GSM networks.
what, one may ask, is CDMA? Why is it good for me? Will
everyone be able to access it? What
about rural areas, where GSM has had a bad reputation of neglecting?
Well, here’s where we answer all the questions…
good about CDMA?
With CDMA, Hutchison provides
a Local Zone Service which allows the subscriber to use the wireless handset
like a cordless model within a 1km radius of his or her residence. In
other words, a call made using a CDMA-serviced mobile phone within 1km of your
residence will only incur the charge of a local call – true value for money in
comparison with the GSM network.
much of Australia will it Cover?
Initially, the CDMA wireless
network service only services Melbourne and Sydney.
This covers 70% of Australia’s population, and the 427 base stations
provide 95% coverage of this area. Hutchison
will initially serve 14,000 subscribers and expected to have at least 400,000
subscribers in Sydney and Melbourne by next year.
As for rural Australia, CDMA
has already begun to replace the old analog mobile network.
On August 7, the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) has announced
that replacement services by Telstra are up to standard, and the analog network
will be completely closed on October 3.
So, in one sentence, CDMA
will be available to Australians in Sydney and Melbourne by the end of the year. With its Local Zone Service rates, chances are that you and I
will be very tempted to switch over (and maybe have an excuse to change to a new