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Telecom Is Ready To Roll With Mobile Jetstream

Telecom will take its next big technological leap forward next Monday with the commercial launch of its Mobile JetStream (1xRTT) fast data network service.

It is the mobile version of JetStream, delivered on Telecom’s CDMA 1XRTT network and has been trialled by about 200 customers, technology partners and Telecom people in recent weeks.

Telecom’s Mobile JetStream service is the first CDMA 1XRTT 3G network in Australasia and one of the fastest mobile data networks in the world.

In the trial phase the network has clocked speeds of 153 kilobits per second (kbps) and averaged 50 to 80 kbps. The top speed is almost three times faster than a dial up modem, making data downloads effortless.

“It means people can, for the first time, really work remotely – from places other than home or work – and use high-speed services such as mobile office applications, accessing email and the Internet. In a week or two they’ll also be able to use their phone to take and send photos,” Telecom Mobile Head of Corporate and Business Warwick Beban said.

“Mobile JetStream is a step ahead of Vodafone’s GPRS offering, which should be compared more accurately with our existing CDMA service. The user experience on Mobile JetStream is akin to that of Telecom’s fixed line JetStream Starter service, which achieves speeds of up to 128kbps.”

Telecom will have about 20 different devices that will work on the new fast data network, including two new handsets at launch. These are the Sony Ericsson T60c phone (with Bluetooth, camera and FM radio attachments available) and the Kyocera 2235 which complement the GTRAN Dot Surfer card that customers have been using for some time.

Mobile JetStream offers a complete range of customised and off-the-shelf data services and applications. Telecom and a range of New Zealand and international software specialists have developed a range of customised applications, using Mobile JetStream, for a wide range of specialist business purposes.

The off-the-shelf services Telecom will be offering at or near launch include: Mobile Internet – access to the Internet, emails, chat etc Mobile Worker – access to company local area networks, files, databases, intranet etc - via Telecom’s secure IP network Mobile Field Force - secure access to sales data, inventory information etc Picture Messaging – where customers will be able to use a digital camera and PC card or a phone with built-in camera to take and email photos and access free web-based photo storage.

Mr Beban said Telecom’s decision to invest in CDMA has been underlined by new information showing there are now 120 million CDMA users world wide including 8 million using 1xRTT – the service Telecom is calling Mobile JetStream in New Zealand.

“The CDMA customer base has grown by a third in the past year. Perhaps even more significantly, 98% of 3G subscribers in the world are CDMA.

“New Zealand is one of a handful of 3G nations that also includes Korea, Japan and the United States.”

He said Mobile JetStream would be a significant productivity improvement tool for Telecom’s business customers and would generate strong growth in data revenues for Telecom over the next few years.

“Over coming months we will focus on expanding the range of services that will appeal to consumer customers.”


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