Vodafone, Optus agree on shared 3G network

Vodafone and Optus have agreed to roll out a combined third-generation (3G) cellular network across the country.

The deal between Vodafone Australia and SingTel Optus builds on a preliminary agreement reached in August this year and will see the two companies jointly share frequency spectrum and about 2,000 base stations, the companies said in a statement.

The two carriers hope to save money by sharing the cost of building the WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) network. The initial build-out of the 2,000 base-station network covering six major cities is estimated to cost about $435 million and Optus said it expects its investment to drop by around $100 million as a result of working with Vodafone.

Construction has already begun with a view to launching the network in the third-quarter of 2005. It will initially be available in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra and then be rolled out in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, the companies said.

The network will use a system from Nokia called Multi-Operator Radio Access Network (MO-RAN) that enables a single 3G network to be shared by more multiple operators.

The agreement is conditional on necessary regulatory approvals and clearances, including authorization from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The Vodafone-Optus deal follows Telstra's August announcement that it would buy into a 3G network sharing deal with Hutchison Telecommunications.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?