Telecom confirms $300 million network investment

The WCDMA/GSM network will complement existing CDMA network capabilities, says Telecom

Telecom plans to build a $300 million mobile network, the company confirmed today, and as expected it is adding GSM technology to its network.

Coverage will be provided with a blend of WCDMA/HSPA at 2100MHz and GSM/EDGE at 850MHz technologies, the company says.

850MHz spectrum will be used to ensure rural coverage with 2100MHz employed largely in cities and large metropolitan areas.

Computerworld reported on the mobile network and the switchover to GSM last week.

The development of a new Wideband CDMA (WCDMA) network will complement existing CDMA network capabilities, says Telecom.

Telecom will guarantee customers their current mobile phones on CDMA will continue to be supported by Telecom's network for at least the next five years.

The new mobile network will be based on WCDMA HSPA technology. This technology, and the "long term evolution vision" outlined for WCDMA, will enable a new generation of commercial and consumer services, including high quality music, video and entertainment offerings, says Telecom.

The build of the WCDMA network will commence in late 2007 and will cost approximately $300 million in capital expenditure over the next two years. This is approximately $200 million more than would have been spent over the next five years under a CDMA-only path, according to Telecom.

Telecom launches its WorldMode global roaming capability this month, providing voice roaming on both CDMA and GSM networks in 180 countries.

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