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Topic # 207231 15-Dec-2016 10:29
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Spark announced today the north Auckland suburb of Silverdale has become just the second place in New Zealand to get 4.5G, the next generation of mobile technology, delivering more capacity and faster speeds to the area, and giving people more connectivity options. 

 

4.5G is the next evolution of the existing 4G technology that is already available in around 90% of the places New Zealanders work, live, and play on the Spark network. The launch of 4.5G in Silverdale follows the first New Zealand activation in Christchurch in May, where specialised equipment reached a peak speed of 1.15Gbps (gigabits per second). 

 

Spark Chief Operating Officer, Mark Beder, said that the upgrade makes Silverdale a “hyper-connected” suburb, and sets it up well for the strong projected population growth. 

 

“People in Silverdale are already massive data users - it’s our busiest mobile site with nearly two terabytes of data used each week and that’s growing at two per-cent per week. There will be nearly 23,000 households in the Silverdale-Dairy Flat area by 2030, and already we’re seeing huge new developments with subdivisions in Millwater and Red Beach and the new business park at Highgate. 

 

“This massive growth needs to be supported by high-quality mobile telecommunications infrastructure, with lots of capacity and great speeds, to really unleash the potential of the residents and businesses who live and operate in the area,” said Beder. 

 

The upgrade to 4.5G future-proofs the Spark network and puts it ahead of devices, with no commercially available modems or phones supporting the full range of 4.5G features yet. However most high-end new phones support some of the features, which propels their speeds to between three and five times faster than regular 4G, with some real-world tests delivering over 300Mbps. 

 

4.5G also delivers around five times more capacity from a single tower compared with regular 4G, helping keep up with population and data growth. This means being able to do more on the go – using mobile applications for business or staying in touch with friends and family, and more options for fast, high quality wireless broadband. 

 

Spark intends to continue delivering 4.5G upgrades to key areas around New Zealand alongside its 4G upgrade and deployment programme.

 





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  Reply # 1689212 15-Dec-2016 10:42
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I read somewhere that the Silverdale Spark site goes through 1.6TB of data a week





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  Reply # 1689213 15-Dec-2016 10:42
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Sounds like spark is really stepping up their 4G network now that they are doing alot of wireless offers.

 

 

 

It is great to see! have seen some impressive results from around..

 

 

 

Does the standard spark B315 support DC/CA on 4G yet though?





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  Reply # 1689260 15-Dec-2016 11:17
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What technology is this "4.5G"? LTE-A?


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  Reply # 1689261 15-Dec-2016 11:21
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Do any handsets currently on the market support this?


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  Reply # 1689269 15-Dec-2016 11:29
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4.5G yes but will also depend on bands used for CA over many carriers

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  Reply # 1689271 15-Dec-2016 11:30
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hio77:

Sounds like spark is really stepping up their 4G network now that they are doing alot of wireless offers.


 


It is great to see! have seen some impressive results from around..


 


Does the standard spark B315 support DC/CA on 4G yet though?



The B315 is a Cat4 / non-CA device. We constantly review modem types etc so this capability may change.




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  Reply # 1689275 15-Dec-2016 11:34
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DjShadow:

Do any handsets currently on the market support this?



I'm aware of at least Cat9 (3xCC CA) devices in market from major handset vendors. I expect this to change rapidly.




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  Reply # 1689279 15-Dec-2016 11:41
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gajan:

The B315 is a Cat4 / non-CA device. We constantly review modem types etc so this capability may change.

 

 

 

Yeah thought so, not 100% up on the Wireless options though.

 

might PM you in a little out of coriousity though.





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3CA is not new to NZ 4G market

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  Reply # 1689283 15-Dec-2016 11:45
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would the latest iphone (7, 7+) be able to make use of this?





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  Reply # 1689289 15-Dec-2016 11:56
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Linux: 3CA is not new to NZ 4G market

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Network-wise it's a bit more than 3CA! 6 Carriers with 5CC CA combinations enabled. Current 3GPP standards max out at 5. This should change soon.




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  Reply # 1689290 15-Dec-2016 11:57
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would the latest iphone (7, 7+) be able to make use of this?



Yes I believe it's a Cat9 device with 3CC CA support.




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DjShadow:

 

Do any handsets currently on the market support this?

 

 

According to this:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_devices_with_LTE_Advanced

 

Only handsets capable of more than Cat 9 (450Mbps) are the LG G5 and V20 phablet, which can do Cat 12 (600Mbps), (other than the ill fated Samsung Note7 of course!) 

 

Of course whether they would work here will depend on the bands and type of CA used...


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  Reply # 1689336 15-Dec-2016 12:42
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Linux: 3CA is not new to NZ 4G market

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Network-wise it's a bit more than 3CA! 6 Carriers with 5CC CA combinations enabled. Current 3GPP standards max out at 5. This should change soon.

 

So how many handsets in the market can use 5CC CA?

 

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  Reply # 1689361 15-Dec-2016 13:36
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So according to that chart my Nexus 5x would make use of 4.5G?

But not at the fullest speeds possible?

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