Telecom: No plans for data-smart upgrade

Telecom has no immediate plans to introduce CDMA1x EV-DO, a version of its new mobile network technology optimised for data.

Telecom has no immediate plans to introduce CDMA1x EV-DO, a version of its new mobile network technology optimised for data.

The company plans to launch CDMA1X on its cellular network next month, says spokeswoman Linda Sanders.

“We haven’t launched 1X yet and we see 1X as our medium-term solution -- we think it will be able to deliver most of the services and applications customers want.”

EV-DO (evolution data optimised), which was ratified last year by the International Telecommunications Union, offers data at up to 2.4Mbit/s in ideal conditions, though 600kbit/s has been cited as a more realistic average speed. It has adherents in Korea, including carrier SK Telecom, which launched it in January, customers accessing the network via a notebook wireless internet card. Fellow Korean carrier KT Freetel has also launched the service. Both are transmitting World Cup soccer matches over their EV-DO networks.

However, another Korean telco, LG Telecom, has declined to go down the EV-DO road, its chief executive in March saying low demand and technical difficulties were the reasons.

Japan’s KDDI and US carrier Sprint plan to introduce EV-DO later this year. KDDI has rejected the successor to EV-DO, CDMA1XEV-DV (evolution data and voice).

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