Connectivity Briefs: Telstra, Sprint, Primus

Connectivity Briefs: Telstra, Sprint, Primus

Telstra offers 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 29 businesses in Melbourne and regional Victoria have trialled the service and Telstra would now make the service available to a wider segment of the Australian corporate market. The new generation service will allow 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, he said.

Sprint moseys into Melbourne

Global telecommunications giant Sprint has continued its snail's pace assault on the Australian market, signing a deal with broadband carrier Uecomm to supply international data transport services for the Melbourne marketplace. Sprint has been in Australia since establishing an IP node in Sydney in February 2001. David Eagle, managing director of Sprint A/NZ, estimated a quarter of all global e-mail traffic is carried by Sprint and said its move into the Australian market is part of a plan to roll out its US Internet backbone on a global scale. As well as its deal with Uecomm, Eagle said Sprint customers include Telstra, Optus and most of the large ISPs operating in Australia.

Primus gobbles up three ISPs

Primus subsidiary HotKey has continued on the acquisition trail, adding three small ISPs to its ranks. Regional providers Blue Mountains Internet in New South Wales and in Victoria have joined Melbourne-based national service UseOz on the HotKey books. They have swelled its subscriber base by an estimated 9,500 users to a total of more than 76,000. "HotKey has made a lot of acquisitions during the past two years and we will be looking to continue adding one per month," said Campbell Sallabank, general manager of Internet for Primus.

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