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Aucklandjafa
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  #2332333 8-Oct-2019 07:48
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Saw this on spark’s Website - does this mean the 700mhz footprint restrictions will be lifted? Or is it a marketing ploy?

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  #2332629 8-Oct-2019 14:23
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gajan:

 

.. and just to clarify Spark VoLTE is live on all of our 4G network (all bands, all sectors, all carriers), as well as RCG sector/carriers.

 

 

When you say 'all carriers' are you referring to Skinny customers also have access to VoLTE?





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  #2332676 8-Oct-2019 14:37
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matisyahu:

 

gajan:

 

.. and just to clarify Spark VoLTE is live on all of our 4G network (all bands, all sectors, all carriers), as well as RCG sector/carriers.

 

 

When you say 'all carriers' are you referring to Skinny customers also have access to VoLTE?

 

 

Pretty sure it's been answered a few times here now...

 

 

 

VoLTE is live on all carriers (being 4G Carriers)

 

As for MVNO's, Skinny Will come as detailed in other posts here.

 

 

 

Can't comment on other MNVO's ofcourse to be clear, Just repeating what's been said :)





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  #2332899 8-Oct-2019 18:04
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Aucklandjafa: Saw this on spark’s Website - does this mean the 700mhz footprint restrictions will be lifted? Or is it a marketing ploy?



Each and every coverage layer is optimised to provide the best experience (speed, coverage, etc) for our customers. Specific optimisation varies site by site. No marketing ploys here.




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  #2333002 8-Oct-2019 20:17
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gajan:
Aucklandjafa: Saw this on spark’s Website - does this mean the 700mhz footprint restrictions will be lifted? Or is it a marketing ploy?



Each and every coverage layer is optimised to provide the best experience (speed, coverage, etc) for our customers. Specific optimisation varies site by site. No marketing ploys here.


Soooo, you can confirm now that VoLTE has been deployed the L700 band is no longer tuned down to match the footprint of the 3G850 band?

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  #2333006 8-Oct-2019 20:22
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I'm on a s9plus with work Rom aND csc tnz have the option of enabling it but sadly doesn't work :(

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  #2333017 8-Oct-2019 20:31
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BioNz: I'm on a s9plus with work Rom aND csc tnz have the option of enabling it but sadly doesn't work :(


PM me your versions numbers and I’ll check. After reflashing between carriers there maybe some extra steps (such as factory reset etc). I personally haven’t tried swapping carriers on android, but will check your version ## (also assume all stock firmware etc?).




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  #2333024 8-Oct-2019 20:41
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Aucklandjafa:
gajan:
Aucklandjafa:

Saw this on spark’s Website - does this mean the 700mhz footprint restrictions will be lifted? Or is it a marketing ploy?



Each and every coverage layer is optimised to provide the best experience (speed, coverage, etc) for our customers. Specific optimisation varies site by site. No marketing ploys here.


Soooo, you can confirm now that VoLTE has been deployed the L700 band is no longer tuned down to match the footprint of the 3G850 band?


As mentioned - optimisation requirements vary from site to site, where possible we’ll maximise coverage, but not to the detriment of other factors (such as overshooting, or interference). Our RF planning and optimisation teams place a high emphasis on managing all these - not just raw coverage.

I’m not sure where the inference/reference to ’tuning down’ came from.




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  #2333068 8-Oct-2019 20:48
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gajan: 

I’m not sure where the inference/reference to ’tuning down’ came from.

 

Comes from the assumptions based off the concept that 700 by metrics of wavelength will go further than 850 and the fact that LTE holds a stable service further an UTMS (Based on signal strength). (which is typically commented on by many experts around here)

 

Which on paper i totally get.. Yes it can do it, but should it? These days the metric is nolonger does it work but throughput etc!

 

 

 

To reiterate what gajan has said, the optimization folk are the experts in this and they do an amazing job.

 

One thing i've learnt from them is often they are often doing it as like a 4D Chess board, we as consumers though often look at it in terms of 1D - How far you can travel from the tower!





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  #2333079 8-Oct-2019 21:39
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one of the problems with the w850 network is sadly its in the harmonic of old vhf tv signal boosters. so when a booster goes faulty as sadly it happens a bit its causing interference for several sites. and with 3 carriers of w850 available it may cause issues to one of them in a way that means that carrier becomes unusable. i think you will find with lte as its able to "cutup" the call and send it over different packets in different freq allocations the ability to have a better sounding better quality call is improved. by missing the small freq band that is being impacted by the interference.

 

 

 

and yes the guys in rf do an amazing job. having known a few of them for many years its always good to pick their brains from time to time. 

 

 

 

please note im just a pleb in the field and anything i have said is of my own person opinion 


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  #2362700 29-Nov-2019 10:28
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Just received:

 

 

Spark 4G HD Calling (VoLTE) nationwide roll-out progresses 

 

Spark is now well into its nationwide roll out of 4G HD Calling capability on its network. 4G HD Calling is supported by VoLTE technology (Voice over Long Term Evolution). Spark started with an initial soft launch in July by inviting a small number of customers to update their handsets to VoLTE technology. It has since rolled out progressively to more models of handsets, with the roll out to continue into 2020. 

 

Renee Mateparae, Spark’s Mobile Lead said: 

 

“Our 4G HD Calling provides crisp call quality, the ability to use apps and browse the internet at 4G speeds while on a call, and almost instantaneous call connection. We have many thousands of customers already using 4G HD calling, and this is growing by around 1000 customers per week.  

 

“Before the introduction of 4G HD Calling, when a customer made a call on their mobile phone, it ran through the 3G network. Now 4G HD Calling enables calls to be made over the 4G network using data. Customers may need a software update to their phone or, in some cases, will need to upgrade their phone if they wish to use 4G HD Calling.”  

 

Mateparae added that since August, Spark 4G services have also been provided through Rural Connectivity Group cell sites, which are being progressively activated across the country. 

 

“Customers in newly activated rural areas may be able to use 4G HD Calling if their handset is VoLTE capable. 

 

“Then as we look ahead to when 5G is more widely available in New Zealand, the VoLTE technology will be a core part of the 5G standard for voice calling on mobile phones.” 

 

For more on Spark 4G HD Calling, detailed instructions to owners of existing phones, and for a full list of phones that are capable of using 4G HD Calling, visit www.spark.co.nz/hdcalling

 





 

 

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  #2362704 29-Nov-2019 10:33
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Will this mean VoLTE is going to be made available to Skinny soon?


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  #2362710 29-Nov-2019 10:36
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DjShadow:

 

Will this mean VoLTE is going to be made available to Skinny soon?

 

 

 

 

Yes support for Skinny will be forthcoming, we are actively working on together with handset manufacturers to bring VoLTE support to Skinny shortly.





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  #2362796 29-Nov-2019 12:13
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Does this rollout mean one will not be able to receive calls when on 3G?


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  #2362803 29-Nov-2019 12:28
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aspett:

 

Does this rollout mean one will not be able to receive calls when on 3G?

 

 

@aspett They are not turning off the 3G network anytime soon


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