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Callplus takes Wimax LARGE in NZ

By Antonios K, in , posted: 8-Dec-2006 14:09

I'm gobsmacked:

That is one truckload of money to invest in NZ. Siemens NZ and Alvarion will be having a party tonight!

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Comment by bradstewart, on 8-Dec-2006 15:16

Thats a lot of bread!! This hasgot to be good for NZ. If only more companies took this approach

Comment by Jama, on 8-Dec-2006 15:37

173 Wimax sites to provide the same coverage as 24 EVDO sites. Go CallPlus.

Comment by sbiddle, on 8-Dec-2006 15:56

Very interesting news.. Martin Wylie is a *very* smart man and learnt a lot with his time at Telecom. Telecom lost a lot of experience when he (and several other senior execs) all left in the late 90's.

Comment by Aloha, on 8-Dec-2006 16:07

Comment by Jama, on 8-DEC-2006 15:37

173 Wimax sites to provide the same coverage as 24 EVDO sites. Go CallPlus.

Dont be jealous Jama! :)
Please share the logic behind your calculation.

Comment by juha, on 8-Dec-2006 16:56

Coverage is just one part of the equation (albeit a very important one).

Comment by sbiddle, on 8-Dec-2006 17:31

>173 Wimax sites to provide the same coverage as 24 EVDO sites

And? You're trying to compare apples with oranges.

If Telecom decided to roll out a 1900Mhz EVDO network you would be looking somewhere in the range of 60-100 sites to offer the same coverage. WiMax is a lot less powerful than a CDMA site and also at a higher frequency again. I'd also put money on a typical WiMAX site costing a *lot* less than a CDMA/EVDO site would cost to deploy.

Author's note by antoniosk, on 8-Dec-2006 18:52

A 3-sector macro wimax tower costs about $100k.

What's a macro evdo/umts tower cost ? $500k these days...

Comment by Aloha, on 9-Dec-2006 00:11

Are you sure there is no typo in that article?
450Million USD just seems a lot for this network. They could buy VFNZ for this price.. lol

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Antonios K
New Zealand


Antonios has been actively employed in the IT & Technology sector since 1991, and has worked on many commercial projects and products in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Working in product or actively managing programmes of work, he has always focused on building for the end customer, and not just promoting new technologies. Industry experience includes all telecommunications areas for business and private customers, private insurance, loyalty, media, energy and gambling. 

Since 2013, he has been involved with the development and launch of many popular smartphone applications in New Zealand, including

- TAB Mobile
- AMI & State Insurance digital experience
- Fly Buys
- Newshub for web and app
- Genesis Energy & Energy Online
- MyACC for Business

Genuinely passionate about technologies, internet and computing in general, he lives in the city he was born in - Wellington, New Zealand, the creative heart of hub of digital sector for the country.