Telecom has completed its promised 3G mobile broadband rollout to every main town and city in New Zealand, promised to be ready by Christmas.
According to the company, cell sites, from Kerikeri to Invercargill, have been upgraded with CDMA EV-DO (Evolution Data Optimised) technology, allowing mobile data transfer at broadband speeds.
“EV-DO delivers peak data speeds from the network to the mobile device of 2.4Mbps with speeds typically averaging 500Kb per second – fast enough to make working remotely a reality. To put it in context, on the current 027 network information travels at up to 153Kbps with speeds typically averaging 40 – 80Kbps,” says Telecom Mobile General Manager Kevin Kenrick.
The 027 network is based on CDMA 1xRTT technology, while the faster network uses the CDMA EV-DO technology. Fallback from one network to another is automatic, and the faster network is available to users with specific handsets and PDAs, such as the Telecom New Zealand Apache Pocket PC Phone Edition.
Mr Kenrick says EV-DO is the fastest growing 3G technology in the world, and worldwide subscribers recently passed 185 million.
Outside Mobile Broadband coverage areas, users switch seamlessly to Telecom’s nationwide 027 mobile network which provides connection to the Internet at a lesser speed.
The list of towns with with new Telecom 3G Mobile Broadband coverage include in the North Island Paihia, Whangarei, Warkworth, Kerikeri, Thames, Waihi, Huntly, Hamilton, Tauranga, Mt Maunganui, Matamata, Te Awamutu, Te Puke, Whakatane, Rotorua, Tokoroa, Turangi, Whakapapa, Ohakune, Hastings, Napier, Stratford, Havelock North, Levin, Palmerston North, Gisborne, Carterton, Martinborough, Masterton, Wanganui, Waikanae, Paraparaumu, Hawera, New Plymouth, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Porirua, and Feilding.
In South Island the list includes Blenheim, Nelson, Ashburton, Balclutha, Timaru, Dunedin, Gore, Invercargill, Kaikoura, Westport, Rangiora and Greymouth.