Sure, CDMA networks are going to stick around for the next couple years, but in the long-term, CDMA’s prospects are bleak. All relevant 4G plans are starting to form around GSM technology like HSPA (HSDPA and HSUPA) and LTE (Long Term Evolution). So, it makes sense that proactive carriers are already planning for the future and jumping off the CDMA ship. As expected, Telstra is now preparing to take down their CDMA network for good – replacing it with their new GSM infrastructure.
Come midnight, Australians still hanging on to their CDMA handsets will no longer see a CDMA signal. Telstra is pushing the migration to GSM networks in order to push the carrier’s “Next G” UMTS/HSDPA network and accompanying data speeds.
The move also opens the door for the carrier to make good on speculation that the Apple iPhone will be coming to Australia via Telstra. The iPhone, and especially the 3G iPhone, requires a GSM network, so the move to GSM and 3G technology is a good sign for iPhone hopefuls in Australia.