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Telecom New Zealand announces plans to wholesale XT network
Posted on 12-Nov-2009 10:42. | Tags Filed under: News.

Telecom New Zealand will begin wholesaling its new 3G, WCDMA 850 mobile network by mid-2010. The company has been selling the new network to its customers since 29 May 2009 under the XT Mobile Network brand and a decision has been made to pull forward plans to wholesale this world-class network.

“Making our WCDMA mobile network available at wholesale is very exciting. It will provide the first opportunity for New Zealand telecommunications retailers to source a full range of the most advanced wholesale solutions from one supplier,” says Telecom Wholesale General Manager of Marketing, Nick Clarke.

“Our new WCDMA network is the best mobile network in New Zealand in terms of speed and coverage. We are excited to be able to start working through plans with our wholesale customers to make it available to their customers, and giving New Zealanders greater choice of mobile provider.

“We have been listening to the telecommunications retailers we work with who have been telling us that they want to be able to provide their customers with the best mobile experience available in New Zealand. We have taken onboard their feedback and agreed to pull forward the timeline for wholesaling the WCDMA network by nearly a year.”

Since March, Telecom Wholesale has been running a pilot of a CDMA based mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) product with Digital Island, specialists in providing telecommunications services to New Zealand businesses. This has provided invaluable insight that will help with the development of a WCDMA based product.

“The pilot has taught us a lot about what’s involved in delivering wholesale mobile services. These lessons are relevant regardless of whether we are offering a CDMA or WCDMA product,” says Mr Clarke.

Digital Island had always planned to transition their customers across to the WCDMA network when a wholesale product became available and are excited to have the opportunity to discuss this sooner.

Digital Island General Manager, Blair Stewart says, “Telecom’s new mobile network has been very well received and by all accounts is performing brilliantly. To have the opportunity to offer a mobile product of this calibre and capability to our customers nearly a year earlier than expected is excellent news.”

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