Hutchison Telecommunications launches wireless local telephony service

Hutchison Telecommunications has entered the race to provide telephony services.

Yesterday the company commenced initial sales of its CDMA-based wireless local telephony to customers on Sydney's lower North Shore.

The service will be rolled out to wider areas, including Melbourne next year, officials said.

Called Orange One, the service uses Hutchison's own CDMA network to provide the local telephony calls. Targeted at customers wanting a second or third home phone line, the wireless service is quickly installed and operational, officials said.

While the network is still under construction in Sydney and Melbourne, it is expected to be substantially completed early next year.

Hutchison managing director, Barry Roberts-Thomson said the service is a stepping stone to commercial launch of Hutchison's combined local and mobile phone service.

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