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#282739 9-Mar-2021 08:51
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Samsung Electronics New Zealand has today announced the launch of its first 5G network in Christchurch, in partnership with Spark New Zealand. The launch marks the country’s first new commercial radio network vendor in over a decade and is Samsung’s first network installation in New Zealand. 

 

Through this collaboration, Samsung and Spark have enabled more Kiwis to experience 5G’s ultra-fast connectivity and will help enterprise customers take advantage of the technologies required for digital transformation. 

 

“We are thrilled to work with Spark in building its 5G network. This project in Christchurch marks another milestone in Samsung’s 5G journey,” said MinSu Chu, President of Samsung Electronics New Zealand. 

 

“We have built a strong following in New Zealand through our mobile devices, so we are pleased to be able to take the next step in advancing reliable, secure 5G networking and offer an end-to-end solution.” 

 

The new network is the first deployment of Samsung’s latest 5G RAN solution in New Zealand, including Massive MIMO radio, one of the lightest and most compact radios that have a slim design profile, providing space savings on tower tops. Samsung’s Massive MIMO radio is fit for rapid rollouts, saving site space and deployment costs. Utilising advanced 3D beamforming technology, Massive MIMO radio also delivers improved capacity and effectively extends network coverage.

 

“The solution uses world-class 5G technology, designed to provide resilience and meet the capacity and latency demands of the next phase of 5G innovation,” said Todd Selwyn, Head of Networks at Samsung Electronics New Zealand. 

 

As 5G rollouts gain momentum, Samsung continues to demonstrate its technology and operational expertise in partnership with forward-looking operators who seek a smooth 5G migration. Samsung-powered 5G networks in Korea and the US are now bringing advanced capabilities and faster speeds to millions of customers, many of whom are using Samsung 5G smartphones. 

 

“We’re pleased to partner with Samsung to launch 5G in central Christchurch, making it our sixth location in New Zealand to have access to 5G speeds at home with our wireless broadband or on-the-go with a compatible 5G phone. Samsung’s 5G Massive MIMO radio enables major improvements in both throughput and efficiency for Spark, said Rajesh Singh, General Manager of Value Management at Spark New Zealand. 

 

Samsung Networks has pioneered the successful delivery of 5G end-to-end solutions including chipsets, radios, and core. Through ongoing research and development, Samsung drives the industry to advance 5G networks with its marketing-leading product portfolio from fully virtualised RAN and Core to private network solutions and AI-powered automation tools. The company is currently providing connectivity to hundreds of millions of users around the world. 

 





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  #2670373 9-Mar-2021 09:10
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The Spark press release:

 

 

Spark is continuing its national 5G rollout and to kick off the year, has switched on 5G in central Christchurch – just in time for fans to watch the America’s Cup action live at the official FanZone from 10 – 21 March. 

 

Located in the heart of the Christchurch city centre, the Fan Zone will have free 5G WiFi available for the duration of the America’s Cup, so anyone can come and experience the high speeds 5G can offer both at home with wireless broadband or on the go with a 5G-capable phone.   

 

Locals can also test their sailing skills and compete over Spark 5G in the official America’s Cup e-game, Virtual Regatta, and win daily with $10,000 worth of prizes up for grabs both in store and at the FanZone. 

 

Christchurch is now the sixth location in New Zealand to have access to Spark’s 5G on both wireless broadband and mobile, alongside Auckland, Dunedin, Palmerston North, New Plymouth and Te Awamutu, as well as six South Island towns who have access to Spark’s 5G wireless broadband services. 

 

Spark Technology Lead Renee Mateparae says the team is excited to kick off 2021 by launching 5G in the largest city in the South Island. 

 

“We’ve come a long way since we launched our first 5G service in September 2019, and it’s exciting to bring 5G to Christchurch just in time for the America’s Cup. We helped Emirates Team New Zealand make the boat go faster with Spark 5G when we launched in Auckland, and now Christchurch can get in on the action at the America’s Cup FanZone.  

 

“Launching our 5G network in the South Island’s largest city with our new mobile network vendor, Samsung, has us well on the way to have 5G deployed nationwide by 2023, provided we secure the necessary long-term rights to 5G spectrum.” 

 

The national rollout of the next generation of mobile technology is predicted to add between $5.7 billion and $8.9 billion per year to the New Zealand economy over the next 10 years – including $606 million to the Christchurch economy.

 

Spark worked with Samsung to launch its 5G network in Christchurch – the country’s first new commercial radio network vendor in more than a decade and Samsung’s first mobile network installation in New Zealand.  

 

MinSu Chu, President of Samsung Electronics New Zealand says, “We’re thrilled to be selected by Spark to help expand its 5G network and this first key project in Christchurch marks a significant milestone in Samsung’s technology journey.” 

 

The America’s Cup FanZone is located at Five Lanes, 120 Hereford Street, Christchurch Central from 10-21 March 10am to 5pm. 

 





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  #2670374 9-Mar-2021 09:20
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Fantastic news! But why is this taking till 2023 to roll out? Seems like quite a long timeframe. Are we looking at new hardware on each tower?

 

Are these units going to provide 3G / 4G / 5G in one radio or just 5G?


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  #2670378 9-Mar-2021 09:24
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If this is Samsung's first 5G NZ deployment then what gear are Spark running in their other 5G areas?




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  #2670385 9-Mar-2021 09:43
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And the 2023 rollout time line is the exact reason why I'm not running out to buy a Samsung s215g.

No benefit for me.

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  #2670606 9-Mar-2021 19:30
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DjShadow:

If this is Samsung's first 5G NZ deployment then what gear are Spark running in their other 5G areas?



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  #2670700 9-Mar-2021 21:00
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Linux:
DjShadow:

 

If this is Samsung's first 5G NZ deployment then what gear are Spark running in their other 5G areas?

 



@DjShadow Nokia

 

Whats the reasoning behind having a mixture of suppliers - are they trialing out Nokia and Samsung then going to make a long term decision once they have acquired some real world experiencing using each vendors equipment?





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  #2670703 9-Mar-2021 21:03
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@matisyahu They could not use Huawei and using Nokia they could launch 5G quicker as Samsung was not ready for commercial launch




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  #2670710 9-Mar-2021 21:14
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@matisyahu They could not use Huawei and using Nokia they could launch 5G quicker as Samsung was not ready for commercial launch

 

 

So why not just stick with Nokia? 





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  #2670711 9-Mar-2021 21:17
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freitasm:

 

Linux:

 

@matisyahu They could not use Huawei and using Nokia they could launch 5G quicker as Samsung was not ready for commercial launch

 

 

So why not just stick with Nokia? 

 

 

That would 100% be a Spark question


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  #2670712 9-Mar-2021 21:20
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If you have two suppliers, you can play them against each other to get the best price.


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  #2670713 9-Mar-2021 21:22
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djtOtago:


If you have two suppliers, you can play them against each other to get the best price.



That as well but look what happened when Spark was in bed with Huawei and ALU


What a disaster!


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  #2670852 10-Mar-2021 07:31
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Nokia was only a temporary solution because Samsung's 5G kit wasn't ready for deployment in a production environment. They opted to continue with the same Nokia deployment as the Dense Air partnership until such time as Samsung could actually deliver.

 

 


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  #2671257 10-Mar-2021 18:50
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Pretty good.

 

Moorehouse Ave Countdown was where I was testing mostly.

 

 





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It'll be interesting to see what happens going forward given this recent Samsung announcement: https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-and-marvell-unveil-new-system-on-a-chip-to-advance-5g-networks

 

The new SoC is equipped to support both 5G and 4G networks simultaneously, and it can also save up to 70 percent in chipset power consumption compared to previous solutions.

 

Will be interesting to see how Spark/Samsung relationship develops going forward particularly once 3G is phased out and the frequencies are redeployed.





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Not sure if many people are using 5G in Christchurch, but just wondering if anyone else is seeing any odd issues with it? 

 

I've had problems with calls dropping/Data sessions dropping and the phone switching from 5G to 4G - At one point data stopped working together for over an hour and the phone just sat switching between 5G and 4G every 10 seconds. Can raise a ticket through the helpdesk, but the issue isn't consistent enough for me to give proper examples. 

 

 





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