Vodafone New Zealand to start building a 3G network
Posted on 14-Aug-2003 09:36
Filed under: News
Vodafone New Zealand issued a press release where it annouced plans for its 3G network. Vodafone New Zealand currently has 51% of the market, with Telecom New Zealand (CDMA) as the main competitor.
It might be six months before trials start, and 18 months for a complete roll out of the new network.
Vodafone Managing Director Tim Miles says the company is investing because it's committed to ensuring customers continue to experience the very best and very latest the mobile world can offer.
"We've watched Vodafone live! and its unrivalled offerings become a reality with more and more kiwis embracing its pioneering services. Our investment will ensure we keep raising the bar."
"A number of our business customers have already put their hands up to be part of the early local launch. They recognise the huge commercial value of increased productivity and improved service that 3G will offer and want to integrate it into their operations," says Tim Miles.
The company has been trialling 3G in Europe and is expected to launch there by March next year.
Vodafone's technology of choice for the service is Wideband CDMA (W-CDMA) which is expected to offer service at around 150-200 Kbit/s and a top theoretical speed of 384 Kbit/s.
In addition, Vodafone plans to upgrade the service at an unspecified later date to include High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA), which has average data rates of around 2 Mbit/s for one-way traffic to the end user.
Vodafone NZ has carried out extensive preparation and planning with its Australian counterpart and is in the process of joint vendor selection.
Vodafone's 3G network will work in conjunction with its existing networks and will be phased over time. It'll be easy for customers to make the transition, as they'll be able to keep the same mobile number and Sim card.
Vodafone live! customers on the existing 2.5G network will be able to enjoy the same experience on the 3G network when it launches. Internationally more than two million customers have signed up for Vodafone live! since it launched last year.