Members of parliament who use Telecom cellular services are being upgraded to its CDMA network. The CDMA network, which was launched in July, promises much faster data transfer rates than the existing Telecom mobile service.
The always-on network will enable data transfer speeds of up to 144Kbit/s later this year, although it was launched offering 14.4Kbit/s services, just marginally better than the 9.6Kbit/s of the existing cellular network.
But it appears no MPs are using mobile data services, according to parliamentary service manager for information and communication services, John Preval. He says about 80% of the 97 backbench MPs use Telecom cellphones.