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Topic # 193781 24-Mar-2016 08:37
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Commission clears Spark’s acquisition of 2300MHz spectrum

 

The Commerce Commission has given clearance for Spark New Zealand Limited to acquire the management rights to 70MHz of radio spectrum in the 2300MHz band from Craig NZ and Woosh NZ.

 

Spark intends to use the spectrum to extend its fixed wireless product offerings. The Commission separately considered whether the acquisition would affect competition for urban and rural broadband customers.

 

Chair Dr Mark Berry said the Commission is satisfied that the acquisition will not have, or would not be likely to have, the effect of substantially lessening competition in the affected markets.

 

“Although this acquisition may lead to Craig not expanding their wireless services, access to the spectrum will enable Spark to provide a wireless alternative for rural customers and those urban customers currently unable to access fibre internet,” Dr Berry said.

 

“As a result, this acquisition may have some pro-competitive effects in the market and improve the quality of service to customers on poor quality copper lines. The main competitive tension in broadband markets would also continue.”

 





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Spark have quite the collection of spectrum now. 

 

700, 850, 1800, 2100, 2300, 2600

 

Be nice to see some proper LTE Carrier Aggregation.

 

Testing in Aussie is getting some good results combining these frequencies.

 

Telstra last year attained 1Gbps 4G mobile speeds with Ericsson during live commercial 4G mobile trials by aggregating five spectrum bands.

 

During the test, 100MHz of spectrum was aggregated across the 700MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz, and 2600MHz (2x 20MHz) bands, and delivered to a Cobham Aeroflex TM500 mobile device.

 

http://www.zdnet.com/article/optus-huawei-attain-1-4gbps-download-speeds-in-4-5g-trial/

 

 


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Spark have quite the collection of spectrum now. 

 

700, 850, 1800, 2100, 2300, 2600

 

Be nice to see some proper LTE Carrier Aggregation.

 

Testing in Aussie is getting some good results combining these frequencies.

 

Telstra last year attained 1Gbps 4G mobile speeds with Ericsson during live commercial 4G mobile trials by aggregating five spectrum bands.

 

During the test, 100MHz of spectrum was aggregated across the 700MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz, and 2600MHz (2x 20MHz) bands, and delivered to a Cobham Aeroflex TM500 mobile device.

 

http://www.zdnet.com/article/optus-huawei-attain-1-4gbps-download-speeds-in-4-5g-trial/

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I wonder when they are going to introduce VOLTE. This tech has been used in overseas networks for well over 24 months.

 

I note Tmobile US is also rolling out new voice tech.

 

https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/news-and-blogs/volte-enhanced-voice-services.htm

 

 


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  Reply # 1532866 14-Apr-2016 10:38
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What would this spectrum likely be used for at a guess?


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What would this spectrum likely be used for at a guess?

 

 

Fixed wireless to bypass the Chorus monopoly.


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  Reply # 1532907 14-Apr-2016 10:57
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More 4G in urban areas mostly.  Optus acquired the 2300 band in Australia and are doing that..  http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2013/09/optus-outs-2300mhz-4g-plus-network/

 

 Edit:  and fixed wireless like suggested above seems obvious choice too.


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  Reply # 1532911 14-Apr-2016 11:10
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wasabi2k:

 

What would this spectrum likely be used for at a guess?

 

 

No need to guess.

 

2300MHz LTE which was announced in December when they applied for permission to acquire the spectrum.

 

 


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  Reply # 1532917 14-Apr-2016 11:18
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If they want the coverage lookout for more triffids littering the countryside.


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  Reply # 1532987 14-Apr-2016 12:29
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ajw:

 

If they want the coverage lookout for more triffids littering the countryside.

 

 

Not necessarily. In many areas much of the XT network build was based around 2100MHz coverage. As 2300 offers similar coverage characteristics there is no need for additional sites to overlay a very high capacity 2300MHz LTE network.

 

 


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sbiddle:

 

ajw:

 

If they want the coverage lookout for more triffids littering the countryside.

 

 

Not necessarily. In many areas much of the XT network build was based around 2100MHz coverage. As 2300 offers similar coverage characteristics there is no need for additional sites to overlay a very high capacity 2300MHz LTE network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not according to this. The majority of sites were built out using 850MHZ according to.

 

 

 

https://gis.geek.nz/celltowers


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  Reply # 1533035 14-Apr-2016 14:05
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"Many areas" ≠ "Majority of sites". Both statements are correct :)


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  Reply # 1533044 14-Apr-2016 14:26
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ajw:

 

sbiddle:

 

ajw:

 

If they want the coverage lookout for more triffids littering the countryside.

 

 

Not necessarily. In many areas much of the XT network build was based around 2100MHz coverage. As 2300 offers similar coverage characteristics there is no need for additional sites to overlay a very high capacity 2300MHz LTE network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not according to this. The majority of sites were built out using 850MHZ according to.

 

 

 

https://gis.geek.nz/celltowers

 

 

Read my post again. I said nothing about the equipment on a site - I said much of the network build was based around 2100MHz coverage in many areas (ie Auckland where 1/3 of the population is)

 

 


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  Reply # 1533073 14-Apr-2016 15:47
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sbiddle:

 

ajw:

 

sbiddle:

 

ajw:

 

If they want the coverage lookout for more triffids littering the countryside.

 

 

Not necessarily. In many areas much of the XT network build was based around 2100MHz coverage. As 2300 offers similar coverage characteristics there is no need for additional sites to overlay a very high capacity 2300MHz LTE network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not according to this. The majority of sites were built out using 850MHZ according to.

 

 

 

https://gis.geek.nz/celltowers

 

 

Read my post again. I said nothing about the equipment on a site - I said much of the network build was based around 2100MHz coverage in many areas (ie Auckland where 1/3 of the population is)

 

 

 

 

And if they want the numbers they are going to have to build more sites. As you know each site has not got finite bandwidth.


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  Reply # 1533094 14-Apr-2016 16:03
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ajw:

 

 

 

And if they want the numbers they are going to have to build more sites. As you know each site has not got finite bandwidth.

 

 

Why? There is no need.

 

Yes each site doesn't have infite bandwidth, but it's close to it when backhaul is no constraint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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sbiddle:

 

ajw:

 

 

 

And if they want the numbers they are going to have to build more sites. As you know each site has not got finite bandwidth.

 

 

Why? There is no need.

 

Yes each site doesn't have infite bandwidth, but it's close to it when backhaul is no constraint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So are you suggesting they should now offer unlimited connections over the cellular network.

 

 


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  Reply # 1533106 14-Apr-2016 16:40
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ajw:

 

sbiddle:

 

ajw:

 

 

 

And if they want the numbers they are going to have to build more sites. As you know each site has not got finite bandwidth.

 

 

Why? There is no need.

 

Yes each site doesn't have infite bandwidth, but it's close to it when backhaul is no constraint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So are you suggesting they should now offer unlimited connections over the cellular network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nope.

 

I'm sgtill just really struggling to understand why you think they need to build lots of new sites when many areas of their network when it's already built to a 2100Mhz coverage footprint.

 

 


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