Telstra’s new superfast wireless modem could be Coalition’s winning ticket

In what could be deemed as a break for the Coalition government, Telstra has just released the world’s fastest mobile wireless broadband modem.

Capable of speeds of up to 35mbps, the brand new Ultimate USB runs on the NextG network, and delivers broadband speeds twice as fast as Telstra’s current fastest mobile wireless modem.

Technically, this is a world first, and will make Telstra’s NextG Network the quickest national mobile broadband ever built. The Coalition shadow government will see this innovation as a win in their current policy battle with the Federal Government, which favour an optical fibre National Broadband Network over the Liberals’ proposed Mobile Wireless broadband network.

The new Telstra modem was launched recently, with two thousand devices being sold to current Telstra corporate customers. It will have coverage in all the major capital cities, as well as in more than one hundred regional centres. The main launch of the new Ultimate USB for everyday consumers is planned for late 2010.

Telstra’s official statement says the new modem has speeds of up to 20Mbps, but demonstrations of the device in Melbourne and Sydney showed speeds of 28Mbps and 35Mbps respectively.

The Coalition intends on building a $6.5 billion mobile wireless network to bring better broadband to regional areas, while the current Labor Federal government plans on spending $43 billion on the optical fibre-to-the-home National Broadband Network, which has already started rolling out in certain locations around Australia.