Telecom has branded its upgraded cellular network, CDMA 1xRTT, as Mobile JetStream and will launch it to the public on Monday.
Describing the service as "the first CDMA 1XRTT 3G network in Australasia and one of the fastest mobile data networks in the world", Telecom hopes end users will see speeds averaging 50 to 80 Kbit/s. JetStream, previously reserved for Telecom's DSL fixed-line offering, typically runs at faster than 2 Mbit/s.
"The user experience on Mobile JetStream is akin to that of Telecom’s fixed line JetStream Starter service, which achieves speeds of up to 128 Kbit/s" says Telecom's statement.
Telecom also takes a swipe at Vodafone's new network, GPRS, which it claims is more akin to Telecom's initial CDMA offering.
"Mobile JetStream is a step ahead of Vodafone’s GPRS offering, which should be compared more accurately with our existing CDMA service". CDMA runs at 14.4 Kbit/s while GPRS is, according to Telecom's figures, estimated to download at 15 to 30 Kbit/s and upload at up to 10 Kbit/s. Vodafone says GPRS end users should see speeds of up to 53.6 Kbit/s and that GPRS has a similar theoretical maximum to CDMA 1xRTT.
Telecom will launch Mobile JetStream with two handsets, the Sony Ericsson T60c and Kyocera's 2235 as well as the G-Trans CDMA PC card for laptops and handhelds. Those users with CDMA phones will have to upgrade to new handsets to take advantage of the faster speeds of Mobile JetStream.
Telecom also plans to offer a range of services for both business and consumer, including Mobile Worker which will allow remote access to a company's network via Telecom's IP Network as well as Picture Messaging, similar to Vodafone's PXT launched earlier this month. Phones with cameras, such as the T60c, will allow users to email photos to other users.