Telstra’s CDMA service under pressure to do well

From June 30, Telstra's analog mobile network service will be unavailable as base stations will be switched off in preparation for the relaunch of its revamped $600 million CDMA service scheduled to begin in September this year. Telstra launched its CDMA service earlier this year but poor coverage (particular in regional areas) drew many criticisms from customers in the bush, forcing Telstra to advise customers to keep their old analog phones. In the upcoming months all eyes will be on Telstra as both customers and the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) wait to see if its CDMA service is up to scratch this time around.

‘Telstra's testing time', Selina Mitchell, The Australian, 23/05/00, p 53.