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Telecom New Zealand to extend 3G coverage before Christmas
Posted on 10-Jun-2005 13:00. | Tags Filed under: News.

Telecom is to expand its 3G Mobile Broadband network to New Zealand’s main towns and cities. The mobile 3G service, branded by Telecom New Zealand as Mobile Broadbance is based on CDMA EV-DO.

“Mobile Broadband will fundamentally change the way New Zealanders in the main cities and towns use mobile technology and make it practical to work away from the office at speeds that enhance rather than inhibit efficiency,” said Kevin Kenrick, General Manager of Telecom Mobile.

“Mobile Broadband allows you to connect remotely to your email and the Internet as fast as a fixed line Broadband connection. It makes remote working really work.

“If the response in the provinces and towns is anything like we’ve had from the main centres we will see strong uptake from New Zealanders enjoying the benefits of Mobile Broadband by Christmas 2005.”

As part of its latest 3G development, Telecom will also expand existing coverage in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The company says that while data speeds can obviously vary, Mobile Broadband is up to 15 times faster than Telecom’s existing nationwide 027 network (based on CDMA 1xRTT) and up to six times faster than UMTS (WCDMA) based services expected to be offered by Vodafone New Zealand later this year.

Telecom’s mobile broadband will be available by Christmas in towns and cities including Bay of Islands, Whangarei, Hamilton, Tauranga, Whakatane, Rotorua, Tokoroa, Gisborne, Napier, Hastings, Ohakune, National Park, Turangi, New Plymouth, Stratford, Hawera, Wanganui, Palmerston North, Masterton, Martinborough, Carterton, Greytown, Levin, Waikanae, Paraparaumu, Porirua, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Picton, Nelson, Blenheim, Kaikoura, Rangiora, Westport, Greymouth, Ashburton, Timaru, Oamaru, Dunedin, Balclutha, Gore, Feilding, Invercargill, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, Wanaka, Taupo, Coromandel plus smaller places nearby like Huntly, Te Puke, Te Rapa, Thames, Ngongotaha, Helensville, Orewa.

Mr Kenrick said the extension of Telecom’s Mobile Broadband would be funded within the existing capital expenditure allocated for Mobile in 2005-2006.

Since last November Telecom has introduced 5 new mobile services as part of its Next Generation of Mobile Services which can be accessed on Telecom’s 027 network. These include mobile broadband, video messaging, Push2Talk, video clips (featuring rugby, news, sports, music and movie trailers) and Song ID.

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