In an article posted over at Electronista, an anonymous Telstra executive does a bit of PR work for the Telstra Next G third generation (3G) network which he claims will run at 42Mbps in 2009 (now running at 21Mbps). The Telstra exec is then quoted as saying he has “seen the device” (next gen iPhone) and that “by Xmas” it will support a planned (Telstra’s) upgrade to the advanced HSPA+ wireless standard that will run at 42Mbps … as fast as a broadbad connection. The Electronista article suggests that Telstra will join the iPhone party and offers up a few “sources allege” quotes to support this thesis.
iPhonAsia is circumspect about this type of story. There are now two confirmed iPhone carrier deals to support the Australian market: Vodafone and Optus (SingTel owned). Is there room for a third? Perhaps … however we are skeptical. The Electronistra piece appropriately points out next gen iPhone’s rumored chipset may not support the Telstra Next G network … “industry sources have so far pointed only to a 7.2Mbps HSDPA chipset from Infineon that would lack support for HSPA+ connections as well as the interim HSPA standard.”
See the Electronistra article >3G iPhone to support 42Mbps on Telstra