Telstra and VHA to stop sharing 3G spectrum in cities

Telstra and VHA to stop sharing 3G spectrum in cities

Services cuts set to affect the CBDs of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra

Telstra and Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) have announced an end to 2100MHz mobile phone spectrum sharing by 2012. The network is used in the CBDs of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and their satellite cities.

According to a statement released by Telstra, the two companies have shared the spectrum since 2004. It meant customers of both networks could get the same coverage in shared areas.

But the telco claims its rollout of its popular NextG network in the 850MHz spectrum made the deal redundant.

“The coverage, speeds and services available on the Telstra Next G network are far superior to the 2100MHz network,” Telstra chief marketing officer, Kate McKenzie, said in a statement. “It made little sense to continue investing in the joint venture.

“There is no change for customers on the Next G network and no change for customers in regional and rural Australia.”

McKenzie claimed most customers would not notice any different as their handsets would automatically switch to the older GSM network for voice calls and SMS.

The partnership is set to end by August 31, 2012, but Telstra is seeking to stop the spectrum sharing by January 1, 2012, if its specified conditions are met.

The 2100MHz network in question has around 2700 base stations in operation and covers around 9000 square kilometres.

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