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  #63637 13-Mar-2007 19:57
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muppet: Christ I worked there (at TClear) for 5 years and I have no idea who "Tex" is. Someone enlighten me?


I think they mean Tex from Econet.


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  #63640 13-Mar-2007 20:05
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  #65181 27-Mar-2007 17:10
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Isnt it funny that the govt has been harping on about fostering greater competition in broadband and in the mobile space yet it their incompetence that saw them allowing ALL the available 900Mhz spectrum to fall into one players hands....

it looks like EcoNet are renaming themsleves to NZ Communications and have officially inked a deal with Huawai to do a metro level build. Interseting eh! 



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  #65184 27-Mar-2007 17:29
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patdude123: Isnt it funny that the govt has been harping on about fostering greater competition in broadband and in the mobile space yet it their incompetence that saw them allowing ALL the available 900Mhz spectrum to fall into one players hands....
 


Hmm.. Telecom own all the 800MHz spectrum and I don't hear of anybody complaining.

If you had followed the history of Vodafone acquiring their 900MHz spectrum you will see that at various times Vodafone had to apply to the Commerce Commission for applications to go ahead. When they acquired the last crown owned 900MHz band there were no major objections to this from any competitors (including Econet) against this - probably because Tex already had cheaply acquired Maori 3G spectrum and saw GSM as a dinosaur and 3G as the future. At that stage nobody really foresaw how hopeless 2100MHz 3G networks would actually be and 900MHz UMTS networks were something that was really only being thought about by the Vodafone folks at Newbury who actually had great hindsight for once.

Things are going to get very interesting in a few years anyway when the existing management rights come up for renewal for 800MHz and 900MHz bands.

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  #65197 27-Mar-2007 19:15
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patdude123: Isnt it funny that the govt has been harping on about fostering greater competition in broadband and in the mobile space yet it their incompetence that saw them allowing ALL the available 900Mhz spectrum to fall into one players hands....
 


Hmm.. Telecom own all the 800MHz spectrum and I don't hear of anybody complaining.

If you had followed the history of Vodafone acquiring their 900MHz spectrum you will see that at various times Vodafone had to apply to the Commerce Commission for applications to go ahead. When they acquired the last crown owned 900MHz band there were no major objections to this from any competitors (including Econet) against this - probably because Tex already had cheaply acquired Maori 3G spectrum and saw GSM as a dinosaur and 3G as the future. At that stage nobody really foresaw how hopeless 2100MHz 3G networks would actually be and 900MHz UMTS networks were something that was really only being thought about by the Vodafone folks at Newbury who actually had great hindsight for once.

Things are going to get very interesting in a few years anyway when the existing management rights come up for renewal for 800MHz and 900MHz bands.


Completely agree. and 3G UMTS is starting to operate in 850mhz which propagates so nicely....




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  #65201 27-Mar-2007 19:20
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antoniosk:

Completely agree. and 3G UMTS is starting to operate in 850mhz which propagates so nicely....


It must be about time to start the rumour mill going again - TCL and Telecom join forces to build a 850 WCDMA network! :-)


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