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Topic # 9621 1-Oct-2006 16:04
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Hey guys.

I just got home after a drive across town and noticed another new-look tower from Telecom (TCNZ vans ealier last week).

They are the type that extend off a street light, but the shape is different to the ones normally seen around.. just a simple cylinder with a tapered end fitting onto the top of the light extension. Also two cabinets beside the light, obviously housing the equipment.

I was just wondering if they could perhaps be gearing up for more EV-DO (Rev A?) coverage. Wouldn't these use the exisiting towers?

The reason I ask is that coverage was already very good around this part of town, and the other new one I noticed today would be perhaps 0.8-1km(if that) away as the crow flies.

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[Moderator edit (tonyhughes): Moved to WCDMA forum, and added clarification to thread title]

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  Reply # 47248 1-Oct-2006 16:09
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This sounds like a WCDMA/HSDPA site

Just cause telecom vans were at the site does not mean its a telecom cell you always see TCNZ vans at new Voda cells

Next time you drive past have a close look at the cabinets or take a photo and I bet they are WCDMA/HSDPA micro sites

Where abouts are you silentone?





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  Reply # 47249 1-Oct-2006 16:26
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Hmm interesting, you could be right too! Frustrating fact is I don't have a digital camera easily at hand and my 7400 won't do it much justice.

Have to have a nosey tomorrow when I go for a run.. I'm in Hamilton BTW.

Vodafone microsites would make sense as HSDPA doesn't have a huge footprint does it

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  Reply # 47250 1-Oct-2006 16:27
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Telecom Rev-A would use the excisting towers as its the same network

3G for Vodafone is a new Network that works on top of the old 2G GSM network

Maybe they are eco-net cells LOL ROFL

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  Reply # 47251 1-Oct-2006 16:29
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The lamp pots with grey funny cyclinder things and green cabinets are WCDMA/HSDPA sites



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  Reply # 47252 1-Oct-2006 16:30
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johnr: Telecom Rev-A would use the excisting towers as its the same network

3G for Vodafone is a new Network that works on top of the old 2G GSM network


Yea I thought as much, with respect to the 2 layers vs Telecoms using the same towers.

I guess i was just hoping against impossible hope(and crazy project management planning) TCNZ had ramped up their rollout for Rev A :)



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  Reply # 47253 1-Oct-2006 16:31
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johnr: The lamp post with grey funny cyclinder things and green cabinets are WCDMA/HSDPA sites


That settles it then, oh well.. its free to dream!

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  Reply # 47254 1-Oct-2006 16:32
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The sites you are seeing built is for coverage holes or capacity or both

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  Reply # 47255 1-Oct-2006 16:34
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SilentOne:
johnr: The lamp post with grey funny cyclinder things and green cabinets are WCDMA/HSDPA sites


That settles it then, oh well.. its free to dream!


Its not bad news telecom switching to Rev-A on there sites would need no changes on the outside not like vodafone 2G/3G sites.

In Hamilton you are bound to have Rev-A coverage at launch (don't hold me to this)

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  Reply # 47281 1-Oct-2006 19:06
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Where abouts in Hamilton are these site silentone - I cant say I have noticed anything around town.




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  Reply # 47294 1-Oct-2006 20:19
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Telecom Uses U-Cells, have done since TDMA and they are still about now, they work vvery much the same as the Greay pots you are seeing, The concept being that they can hold your Signal during Hand off from one Cell site to another

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  Reply # 47297 1-Oct-2006 20:55
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satellite_sam: Telecom Uses U-Cells, have done since TDMA and they are still about now, they work vvery much the same as the Greay pots you are seeing, The concept being that they can hold your Signal during Hand off from one Cell site to another


The sites silentone is talking about is more than a hand over site



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  Reply # 47298 1-Oct-2006 20:58
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riahon: Where abouts in Hamilton are these site silentone - I cant say I have noticed anything around town.


One on Old Farm Rd between the Squash club and the new Marist Club.

Other on the the corner of Galloway Park, just off Gallowway St.



satellite_sam: Telecom Uses U-Cells, have done since TDMA and they are still about now, they work vvery much the same as the Greay pots you are seeing, The concept being that they can hold your Signal during Hand off from one Cell site to another


Cheers for the info too, interesting to know! Makes sense to use them


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  Reply # 47312 2-Oct-2006 08:56
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I saw a new tower go up in my street.  When I looked at the cabinets, the new one was a Vodafone cabinet...





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  Reply # 47352 2-Oct-2006 21:28
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stevonz: I saw a new tower go up in my street. When I looked at the cabinets, the new one was a Vodafone cabinet...



Where is your street?

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  Reply # 47405 3-Oct-2006 14:17
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johnr:
stevonz: I saw a new tower go up in my street. When I looked at the cabinets, the new one was a Vodafone cabinet...



Where is your street?


Capt Scott Road in Glen Eden. Auckland (hehe a Cantabrian is the midst of the Auckland Westies!)




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