Telecom is to expand its super fast 3G Mobile Broadband network to New
Zealand's main towns and cities.
"Mobile Broadband will fundamentally change the way New Zealanders in the
main cities and towns use mobile technology and make it practical to work
away from the office at speeds that enhance rather than inhibit
efficiency," said Kevin Kenrick, General Manager of Telecom Mobile.
"Mobile Broadband allows you to connect remotely to your email and the
Internet as fast as a fixed line Broadband connection. It makes remote
working really work.
"If the response in the provinces and towns is anything like we've had
from the main centres we will see strong uptake from New Zealanders
enjoying the benefits of Mobile Broadband by Christmas 2005."
As part of its latest 3G development, Telecom will also expand existing
coverage in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
"In many cases this will effectively double the coverage in the main
centres while at the same time supporting our nationwide rollout to main
towns and cities."
Telecom's Mobile Broadband network is the fastest mobile data network in
New Zealand. While data speeds can obviously vary, Mobile Broadband is up
to 15 times faster than Telecom's existing nationwide 027 network and up
to six times faster than UMTS based services expected to be offered by
Telecom's competitors later this year.
Mobile Broadband enables Telecom customers who are away from their offices
to send and receive email, download business information, organise
appointments and access the internet via laptops and handheld devices at
unprecedented high speeds.
Telecom's mobile broadband will be available by Christmas in towns and
cities including Bay of Islands, Whangarei, Hamilton, Tauranga,
Whakatane, Rotorua, Tokoroa, Gisborne, Napier, Hastings, Ohakune, National
Park, Turangi, New Plymouth, Stratford, Hawera, Wanganui, Palmerston
North, Masterton, Martinborough, Carterton, Greytown, Levin, Waikanae,
Paraparaumu, Porirua, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Picton, Nelson, Blenheim,
Kaikoura, Rangiora, Westport, Greymouth, Ashburton, Timaru, Oamaru,
Dunedin, Balclutha, Gore, Feilding, Invercargill, Auckland, Wellington,
Christchurch, Queenstown, Wanaka, Taupo, Coromandel plus smaller places
nearby like Huntly, Te Puke, Te Rapa, Thames, Ngongotaha, Helensville,
"After Christmas we will continue to expand and enhance our coverage in
these towns and cities to meet growing customer demands as more New
Zealanders choose to mobilise their way of life.
"This will ensure New Zealanders continue to be right at the forefront of
the global innovations in mobile communications."
Mr Kenrick said the extension of Telecom's Mobile Broadband would be
funded within the existing capital expenditure allocated for Mobile in
Since last November Telecom has introduced 5 new mobile services as part
of its Next Generation of Mobile Services which can be accessed on Telecom
's 027 network. These include mobile broadband, video messaging,
Push2Talk, video clips (featuring rugby, news, sports, music and movie
trailers) and Song ID.
Telecom's Mobile Broadband is being delivered in partnership with Lucent
Technologies. Lucent provide design, software and management for Telecom's
Lucent New Zealand General Manager Jonathan van Smit said this extension
of Mobile Broadband coverage was another example of Lucent and Telecom
working together to bring New Zealanders world-class mobile services.
For more information, please contact:
Senior Corporate Affairs Executive
04 498 9155 or 027 244 8496
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