Telstra announced on Wednesday [subbed] that it has selected Nortel Networks to provide code division multiple access (CDMA) technology for the new national mobile network to replace the old analogue (AMPS) network.
In the project, worth more than $300 million, Nortel Networks will provide DMS-MTX switching as well as advanced base stations including the Nortel Networks CDMA Metro Cell. According to officials, the solution addresses the immediate needs for mobile service as well as providing functionality for future data and multimedia services.
Max Jennies, mobile business development manager, said CDMA technology best suited Telstra's requirements for a network which will be specifically aimed at rural Australia.
According to Jennies, the CDMA network gives country AMPS customers services based on the AMPS network as well as additional features similar to those provided by the digital GSM network.
The new network is scheduled to be operational by December 1999 in order to service analog customers in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane and some non-metropolitan areas which will be with the AMPS network from December 31, 1999. It is estimated that all analog sites will switch to CDMA by December 2000.