AAPT cans its CDMA roll out

Telecom Corp of New Zealand today said its subsidiary AAPT and Lucent Technologies had agreed to close down the roll out of a CDMA mobile network in Australia.

Telecom NZ said the decision to close down the roll out was based on changes in the Australian mobile communications market and followed a review of the project by AAPT and Lucent.

The roll out was suspended in December pending an outcome of the review although AAPT has spent more than $125 million on the CDMA roll out.

"The extent of any write-off will be known only in due course; we will make an appropriate disclosure at that point," said Telecom NZ general manager, mobile, Mohan Jesudason.

Lucent chief executive for Australia and New Zealand Phil Pryke said the company would to continue to work with Telecom on its CDMA roll out in New Zealand.

The NZ CDMA network is due for commercial launch in a few months.

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