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'Bring it on. We welcome competition': Telecom New Zealand
Posted on 14-Aug-2003 20:17 | Tags Filed under: News

Following the announcement from Vodafone New Zealand of its planned investment in 3G technology, Telecom New Zealand issued a press release where it claims "We have been providing fast data services in New Zealand for the past year at up to 3G rates". Not so fast ...

It's a shame the CDMA phones in their network are not so multimedia capable like the ones on the GSM competition. It's also interesting to note that CDMA does not bring 3G speeds.

3G is the generic name for a set of mobile technologies that enable users simultaneous voice and data services, high-speed internet access, high quality video telephony and CD-quality music services. 3G speeds are defined like this:

  • High Mobility: 144 kbps for rural outdoor mobile use. This data rate is available for environments in which the 3G user is traveling more than 120 kilometers per hour in outdoor environments.
  • Full Mobility: 384 kbps for pedestrian users traveling less than 120 kilometers per hour in urban outdoor environments.
  • Limited Mobility: At least 2 Mbps with low mobility (less than 10 kilometers per hour) in stationary indoor and short range outdoor environments.

    These kinds of maximum data rates that are often talked about when illustrating the potential for 3G technology will only therefore be available in stationary indoor environments. I tried CDMA and it's not that fast, not even the minimum speed for the 3G standard .

    The press release says:

    "Telecom Mobile 027 customers currently enjoy the best and fastest technology in New Zealand and it’s natural that competitors want to catch up, Telecom General Manager Mobile Kevin Kenrick said today.

    “Bring it on. We welcome competition – it’s keeping all our customers up to date with the world’s best technology,” Mr Kenrick said.

    “Through our Mobile JetStream network, Telecom already has a big technology advantage over Vodafone. We have been providing fast data services in New Zealand for the past year at up to 3G rates that are comparable with the speeds achieved on early generation W-CDMA networks – the sort of 3G network Vodafone is talking about building.

    “Our data rates are about twice as fast as the competition’s GPRS network. We also have better network efficiency and support for a wider range of applications.

    “We’re launching a lot of services that take advantage of our capability, particularly with the integration of Telecom Mobile and Internet services through Xtra. We have many more innovations planned for release in the next year."

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