Telstra to launch 3G for business

Telstra is planning to launch Australia's first fully operational third-generation mobile service for business customers.

Telstra Mobile group managing director David Thodey said Telstra has trialled the service with 29 businesses in Melbourne and regional Victoria, and would now make the service available to a wider segment of the Australian corporate market.

He said the new generation service will allow Telstra business customers in selected regional and metropolitan locations to use CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) 1X compatible devices to check corporate e-mail and browse intranet and Internet at speeds almost comparable to a desktop computer.

Telstra plans to expand the network to Brisbane, Sydney, the Gold Coast and Canberra.