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As of midnight on Monday 28 April 2008, Telstra will close the old CDMA mobile network all across the country.


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“At midnight AEST Telstra’s Global Operations Centre will initiate steps to progressively turn off the CDMA network, starting with inhibiting any new voice, text or data connections. This will initially occur in the eastern states, followed by others in accordance with their local time zones”, said Wireless Executive Director, Mike Wright.

 

Following the network closure, any calls to a remaining CDMA service will receive a “Number disconnected” announcement, while text messages will receive a “Message Not Sent” indication.

 

“As new call connections on the CDMA network will be rejected after midnight on 28 April, it is vitally important that customers who are yet to move across to a new mobile service have an alternative in place, such as a fixed line or Next G service, just in case they need to make an emergency call,” Wright said.

 

The telco said that the aging CDMA network equipment, which is now up to a decade old and past its use by date, will be removed and any equipment still of value will be reused, sold, recycled or appropriately discarded.

 

 

“Today the Next G network carries about 7.5 times the data carried on the CDMA network at its peak, so the CDMA recovery process will make available power, transmission, spectrum and equipment space to expand the Next G network in response to demand,”  Wright said.


A Telstra spokesman told channelnews.com.au this morning that the telco has full confidence in both the switchover and the new network as it “covers 20 per cent more subscribers.”


 

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