These contracts complement the Telstra-Hutchison 3GSM network sharing arrangement which gives Telstra access to a fully optimised, fully operational network across five capital cities from 1 July 2005, and provides a way forward to increase 3GSM coverage as demand requires.
"We had a number of very high quality and competitive tenders to assess, but at all times we had to consider who could provide the best overall solution for Telstra," said Ted Pretty, Telstra Technology Innovation and Product Group Managing Director.
"Ericsson has worked in partnership with Telstra for many decades with their fixed and mobile networks, applications and services," said Barry Borzillo, Managing Director for Ericsson Australia and New Zealand. "We are very pleased to help Telstra drive industry growth with this major network investment decision."
In Australia, Ericsson also supplies and delivers the integrated infrastructure for the Hutchison 3G Australia network, 3.
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