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Telecom New Zealand to launch CDMA EV-DO
Posted on 23-Jun-2004 09:29. | Tags Filed under: News.

Telecom New Zealand to launch CDMA EV-DO
The operator promissed to have EV-DO coverage available in major New Zealand cities before the end of 2004.

“This side of Christmas, Telecom will launch ‘T3G,’ using world leading mobile data technology”, Telecom Mobile General Manager Kevin Kenrick said today

“We have extended our relationship with global market leader Lucent Technologies to deliver high speed 3G mobile technology using EV-DO (Evolution Data Optimised) technology,’’ Mr Kenrick said

The news come just after Sprint announced their plans to release the same technology in the United States, and after competitor Vodafone New Zealand announced plans for a W-CDMA (3GSM) network for next year.

Telecom New Zealand also says that new services will be available with the upgraded network, including video messaging, push-to-talk (PTT) services and more. It seems that a temporary name for the new service is T3G.

“While the current 027 network delivers the fastest mobile data in New Zealand, the upgrade to T3G will give customers data speeds up to 15 times faster than the current network. When receiving data from the network to a mobile device, T3G will be capable of providing a peak data rate six times faster than the alternative technology our competitors have said they will begin to build in some parts of New Zealand next year.

“To put it in context, on the current 027 network information travels at up to 153kbps with speeds typically averaging 40 - 80kbps. EV-DO delivers peak data speeds from the network to the mobile device of 2.4Mbps with speeds typically averaging 500kb per second – easily fast enough to deliver video services.”

Telecom has prioritised approximately NZ$40 million for the EV-DO upgrade. At this stage it is anticipated this investment can be accommodated within the NZ$650 million of capital expenditure forecast for the 2004-2005 financial year. Capital expenditure forecasts are updated on a quarterly basis. Lucent will manage and deploy EV-DO.

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