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# 173541 27-May-2015 09:16
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Spark New Zealand announced today it has deployed 4G to its 150th mobile site over the 700MHz radio spectrum on its Hangatiki site, marking a key milestone for customers in the Waikato region where trials of the 700MHz spectrum began just over 12-months ago.

Since trials started in Morrinsville in April last year 106 sites have been enabled with 4G on 700MHz throughout the Waikato – with the remaining 44 sites lighting up 4G across other parts of regional New Zealand.

More than 60 per-cent of smartphones and a number of tablets available for customers to purchase on Spark’s mobile network are now compatible with the 700MHz spectrum, making it even easier for customers to access 4G services to share, upload, download and stream content faster and more reliably than ever before.

Waikato dairy farmer Bruce Thomas says over the past 12-months access to fast 4G speeds have given him the confidence to do a whole lot more on mobile.

“4G is bloody fast. Access to these fast speeds has given me the confidence to download and experiment with new mobile apps and software to make our lives easier on our farm in Morrinsville. These sorts of apps have been around for a while but in the past I didn’t bother, thinking they might be waste of time with the type of connectivity we had but, it’s a different story now.

“My sharemilker, Craig and I use many of these apps to do things faster. We regularly use the MINDA Lookup app which gives you real-time access to LIC’s data on your herd. It’s really quick and allows you to identify the animal on the spot and check vital stats like health and ancestry to help inform my decisions while I’m out in the paddock. Being able to access and update this data in real-time saves me trekking back to the house to logon to the home computer to get this type of information,” said Mr Thomas.

As part of its commitment to connect customers to their digital lives throughout the regions of New Zealand, Spark New Zealand invested in four lots of the 700MHz spectrum last year - more than any other provider, in order to roll out 4G throughout the country over the next three years.

General Manager of Networks for Spark Connect, Colin Brown says: “The more spectrum a provider owns, the more capacity it has to carry data at faster speeds on the network, even at the busiest times.

“Investing in the 700MHz spectrum is like adding more lanes to a highway. We invested $158 million to secure four lanes of the highway – more than any other provider. By adding more 4G lanes we’re adding a whole lot more capacity to our mobile network and we are in an ideal position to ensure customers have a seamless experience using mobile, particularly as access to 4G becomes available to more New Zealanders.”

Access to fast mobile speeds will allow rural business to harness new technologies whether at the farm-gate, on the road or in the paddock said Mr Brown.

“It’s an exciting time for agribusiness customers who can take advantage of new technologies like Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications to do things like monitor soil and rainfall levels or track herd movements.

“M2M technology makes the process of recording, storing and uploading key data to the likes of the Cloud faster, driving greater productivity and saving significant cost to the business,” said Mr Brown.




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  # 1312504 27-May-2015 10:06
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Is there any word on VoLTE deployment in light of Vodafone announcing its own VoLTE plan?




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  # 1312518 27-May-2015 10:16
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VoLTE is years away.. No BC for deployment yet

 
 
 
 


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  # 1312521 27-May-2015 10:22
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The most interesting thing from this press release is that 60% of their smartphones on sale have 700mhz LTE already which i think is good progress. I wonder if they count every separate SKU as a phone however.

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  # 1312590 27-May-2015 11:10
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gjen: VoLTE is years away.. No BC for deployment yet

Years away? Seriously?

Also some more L1800 would be great. My niece uses an iPhone 5s on Skinny in Tauranga, but no 4G for her :(

Still a big thumbs up though if you are anywhere in the Waikato with a Spark L700 handset; the other big two are still behind here, including a couple of sites still on overloaded 3.6Mbps single carrier 3G :(




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  # 1314559 30-May-2015 12:38
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gjen: VoLTE is years away.. No BC for deployment yet

Years away? Seriously?

Also some more L1800 would be great. My niece uses an iPhone 5s on Skinny in Tauranga, but no 4G for her :(

Still a big thumbs up though if you are anywhere in the Waikato with a Spark L700 handset; the other big two are still behind here, including a couple of sites still on overloaded 3.6Mbps single carrier 3G :(


certainly looks like Vodafone dragging the chain on the 4g 700mhz sparks had this in our area for months now :( 




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  # 1314891 30-May-2015 23:10
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They're not exactly dragging the chain. Spark have chosen to work hard in one region - the Waikato, and so have pretty much and complete blanket coverage here. Vodafone have worked on getting 4G into a lot more places NZ wide.





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  # 1314919 31-May-2015 06:49
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Neither has worked very hard around auckland to get 4g running. Still see 3g more than 4g around the place.




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richms: Neither has worked very hard around auckland to get 4g running. Still see 3g more than 4g around the place.

Most Auckland 4G is 1800, so will mirror more closely 3G 2100 footprint, so not great building penetration. 4G 700 (where deployed) will mirror 3G 850/900 coverage.




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  # 1315078 31-May-2015 13:03
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I debated with myself if I should get the Nexus 5 or the Nexus 6. In the end I went with the 6 even though it was double the price for the Band 28 support.
And here in Napier.... There's no 700Mhz LTE on Spark.

Oh well.  It's still a nice phone.  More 4Gs, Please.

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I was in the Palmerston North Spark store yesterday - the assistant tells me "we have 4G in Palmerston North now".

Sure enough, 4G on an iPhone 6 but not on my iPhone 5.

I presume this means they have fired up 4G on 700 MHz band 28.  Will this be it or will we get 1800 MHz as well?

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  # 1315989 2-Jun-2015 10:46
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nbroad: I was in the Palmerston North Spark store yesterday - the assistant tells me "we have 4G in Palmerston North now".

Sure enough, 4G on an iPhone 6 but not on my iPhone 5.

I presume this means they have fired up 4G on 700 MHz band 28.  Will this be it or will we get 1800 MHz as well?


Looking at their coverage map it shows that Levin has 4G on 700 Only.  So I think it's safe to assume the same for PN.
No idea if you'll get 1800 Mhz.

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