The Australian Federal Government has selected Telstra to expand Australia's digital CDMA network coverage as part of an initiative to improve regional telecommunications services.
The new deal will see 132 regional towns across the country gain access to digital CDMA coverage. Out of these, 40 towns will also receive additional GSM digital services to supplement existing coverage.
This appointment will extend Telstra's digital CDMA network to 1.3 million square kilometres nationwide.
Telstra Country Wide group managing director Doug Campbell says CDMA's inherent coverage and data speed advantages has made it the ideal technology for use in these cities.
"Digital CDMA's superior coverage, voice clarity and noise suppression has made it the natural choice for people living, working and travelling in regional areas," he says.
Campbell says this was reflected in the results of Telstra's recent CDMA technology survey, in which 1200 metropolitan and regional Telstra CDMA customers participated.
Seventy-nine percent of those surveyed rated CDMA as either meeting or exceeding their standards of excellence, while 83% of regional or rural customers rated the service as either excellent, very good or good, he says.