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Reply # 30132 7-Mar-2006 22:42
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"Open wi-fi" annoys me completely. I want the service to be readily available and relying on someone deploying the service will see us waiting for long years here in New Zealand - just see what happened to Reach Wireless. And expecting to find a free "open wi-fi" is too much of uncertainty.

I liked the idea of having free Wi-Fi in cafes, as they do in the USA. This is not common (I haven't found any) here in New Zealand, probably because of the high cost associated with landline broadband options.

Although CafeNet works fine, it's at best only available in Wellington CBD and some major towns. Everywhere else in this country we have to rely on cellular data and I don't think we'll see much change in the landscape for the next couple of years.

Unless Sam Morgan uses some of the Trademe money for a big project undertaking...







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  Reply # 30133 7-Mar-2006 22:51
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I actually tried to persuade my employers at DoC of the need to set up a network of wireless hotspots in remote parts of the country (co-located with the existing radio network), but for some completely inexplicable reason they couldn't see the need...
On the other hand, a case could be made that it wouldn't take that much greater WiFi penetration to get us to the point where if I find myself somewhere where I don't have WiFi access, it's probably a hint that I should be doing something else anyway.


 
 
 
 


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Reply # 30199 8-Mar-2006 16:51
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The only free WiFi Hotspot that I know of is Hoyts Riccarton in Christchurch...

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  Reply # 30214 8-Mar-2006 21:11
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Voting... yeah I think Mauricio said he was sitting back relaxing tonight with not much to do....

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Reply # 30215 8-Mar-2006 21:17
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No rest for the wicked.





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Reply # 30218 8-Mar-2006 21:42
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even less for the righteous




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Reply # 30231 9-Mar-2006 02:15
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tonyhughes: Voting... yeah I think Mauricio said he was sitting back relaxing tonight with not much to do....

**runs and hides**


I saw this just minutes after you posted it, but decided to wait until now to reply to it... This way you can see what time I went to bed today, after hours of coding the comment and comment moderation features in the Geekzone Blog...





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  Reply # 30244 9-Mar-2006 08:07
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Yeah, well done though - you earlier told me it was going to be 4am, so you have to be happy with that...

I guess GZ could come up with feature requests till the cows come home, but you only have so many hours in the day. :-/




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Reply # 30576 13-Mar-2006 09:01
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Jama: Cool - who wrote the article? do you have a link?
Well, it looks like now people are quoting Kevin Kenrick:

"Head of mobile Kevin Kenrick says it is weighing up the investment [whether to build a new 3G mobile network using the same UMTS technology used by rival Vodafone and by Telstra in Australia] as one means of ensuring Kiwi customers on its "027" CDMA mobile network will continue to be able to roam in Australia after Telstra decommissions its CDMA network in Australia in 2008. "

"Mr Kenrick says an alternative might be for Telecom to buy Telstra's CDMA network and keep it running."





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  Reply # 30593 13-Mar-2006 11:42
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Just a quick question... You guys spoke of 2 bands of W-CDMA.... How do I know which one my mobile supports?

Say a Sharp 903. Which band is it? Cause I always thought that when you mean W-CDMA, it just means one band.

And hey, telecom going W-CDMA? It's great, haha, great for those of us who use phones from overseas, and hopefully, they'll get rid of their "you can't just buy a sim card without buying a phone from us" policy. And it better do it quick before 2008 comes along.

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  Reply # 30595 13-Mar-2006 11:46
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There are two WCDMA bands, one used here and in Europe, and one in the North American market (yes, you can't take a Vodafone 3G phone over there and roam on 3G, so this is not an advantage Vodafone users can use as a trump card). And possibly a third one, on 850MHz coming out sometime.

And hey, telecom going W-CDMA? It's great, haha, great for those of us who use phones from overseas, and hopefully, they'll get rid of their "you can't just buy a sim card without buying a phone from us" policy. And it better do it quick before 2008 comes along.


Nothing confirmed, just rumours. And there's no such policy on Telecom, because their network does not use SIM cards...





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I wonder if we are going to see HSDPA from Telecom? Telstra in Australia are looking to implement an HSDPA network by the end of this year...

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Reply # 30602 13-Mar-2006 12:02
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Telecom have already signaled their intentions of deploying CDMA EV-DO Rev A, which is the step after their current technology. This should be faster then HSDPA on WCDMA on its first stage.

Telecom can not deploy HSDPA unless they have a WCDMA network, which they don't and anything said so far are rumours.





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  Reply # 30608 13-Mar-2006 12:51
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There are 9 ratified UMTS bands however the most common are at 2100Mhz (what we use in NZ and Europe) and at 850Mhz which is used in the USA and shortly in Australia by Telstra.

I 1920-1980 2110-2170
II 1850-1910 1930-1990
III 1710-1785 1805-1880
IV 1710-1755 2110-2155
V 824-849 869-894
VI 830-840 875-885
VII 2500-2570 2620-2690
VIII 880-915 925-960
IX 1750-1785 1845-1880

Telecom's biggest strength would be the fact that once their AMPS/DAMPS network is gone they could potentially roll out UMTS in their 800Mhz spectrum as well as run a CDMA network side by side since they have management rights for both AMPS bands. This would give them a huge advantage over Vodafone in both overall coverage and inbuilding coverage. The handsets are already in the pipeline unlike UMTS @ 900Mhz which is still a couple of years away.



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Reply # 30674 14-Mar-2006 08:13
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sbiddle: There are 9 ratified UMTS bands however the most common are at 2100Mhz (what we use in NZ and Europe) and at 850Mhz which is used in the USA and shortly in Australia by Telstra.


I think USA/Canada uses 1700MHz, while everyone else uses 2100MHz. 850MHz will be deployed in Australia, but it's not in use anywhere else yet.





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