Telstra extends CDMA coverage

Telstra yesterday announced its rollout plan for the new Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) mobile phone network will be extended further into country regions.

Under the new plan, Telstra will extend the CDMA network to include country locations that are currently covered by its GSM network, but do not have analog coverage.

According to Telstra's managing director, mobiles, Jonathan Marchbank, this will mean CDMA coverage in regional and rural Australia will extend into many areas beyond the extent of the existing analog network.

"Following the complete rollout in 2000, CDMA coverage is expected to reach over 95 per cent of the Australian population, making Telstra's CDMA network one of the biggest, by area, in the world.

"There are more than 100 towns and areas across country Australia that are covered by Telstra's GSM that have no analogue coverage. We plan to roll out into these areas with CDMA commencing early 2000."

Marchbank said the first CDMA delivery will be into areas that are currently serviced by the analog network, which is due to be shut down on December 31 this year.

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