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Hutchison Ready to Offer Full Range

Hutchison Telecommunications will begin the rollout of its mobile CDMA services in Sydney and Melbourne from next week.

Sales of the local service will be integrated with the mobile service as marketed as Orange One through contract and direct fulfilment channels in the company's Sydney and Melbourne licence areas.

Hutchison first began selling its wireless 15 cent per local call late last year under the Orange brand. Hutchison customers already using their CDMA phones for local calls will now be able to sign up for mobile calls where the network is operational.

Hutchison expects most of the network to be operational by mid-year, and will commence a marketing campaign shortly with an initial focus on converting existing customers to the full service.

The company has reportedly spent AUS$500 million (US$3 million) on mobile phone and CDMA technology in Australia, including a AUS$30 million (US$18 million) technical centre which opened in Sydney last August.

The company has also bought CDMA spectrum in Sydney and Melbourne, and has also signed a reseller agreement with Telstra for other areas.

Telstra has already launched a CDMA network in Sydney and Melbourne, and will continue rolling out services throughout the year. AAPT also plans to have a national CDMA service by late 2000.