Telstra CDMA tests give good results

Telstra's CDMA (code division multiple access) mobile network has proven to be capable of more than adequately meeting the needs of regional and rural customers, Telstra announced yesterday.

Following recent tests carried out in Mt Dowe, in Northern NSW, and Peak Alone, 25 km inland and 1000m above sea level in the south of the state, Telstra has learnt its CDMA coverage compares "favourably" with a boosted analogue phone.

"The results have been outstanding and we are confident that our customers will welcome the coverage and high voice quality CDMA will provide," Jonathan Marchbank, Telstra's managing director, mobiles, said.

According to officials, tests were carried out using Extended Coverage features delivered by Nortel's CDMA Boomer Cell.

This provided coverage over long distances from the base station, officials said.

Officials said Telstra's CDMA network will provide customers with a high-quality replacement to the analogue network, with comparable coverage and voice quality.

In addition, security measures, calling-number display, test messaging and data and facsimile transmission will also be available at some stage.

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