Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




3000 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

Topic # 8111 4-Jun-2006 22:50
Send private message

I have found pockets of high-speed mobile data areas which are not documented and some which are documented but in unusual areas where there really wouldn't be expected coverage.

There is one on the coromandel peninsula vodafone umts and telecom evdo near pauanui, i was told a vodafone big wig has his holiday spot there. Currently i'm in maketu, just out from Te Puke and am getting telecom evdo coverage which noone knows about.

Whom knows about any other small undocumented spots of coverage, and who knows of econets coverage footprint?

Create new topic
3790 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 595

Trusted
Subscriber

Reply # 37709 5-Jun-2006 10:17
Send private message

According to Vodafone's coverage maps, Seatoun in Wellington has no 3G coverage but last time I went on one of my regular walks over there, I stood by the wharf and got a crystal clear signal. Looks like they may have improved their coverage without updating the coverage maps!

25840 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5562

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

Reply # 37710 5-Jun-2006 10:48
Send private message

alasta: According to Vodafone's coverage maps, Seatoun in Wellington has no 3G coverage but last time I went on one of my regular walks over there, I stood by the wharf and got a crystal clear signal. Looks like they may have improved their coverage without updating the coverage maps!


Vodafone only built 2 GSM sites in Seatoun around 18 months ago. Before then coverage was all from Petone so I would be guessing 3G coverage will be off sites there.



 
 
 
 


3790 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 595

Trusted
Subscriber

Reply # 37711 5-Jun-2006 11:52
Send private message

sbiddle: Vodafone only built 2 GSM sites in Seatoun around 18 months ago. Before then coverage was all from Petone so I would be guessing 3G coverage will be off sites there.


Petone seems a long way away considering that the coverage of a 2100MHz UMTS site isn't great. Do they have a 3G site in Eastbourne? I'm sure there's a 3G site down the road from where I live in Strathmore, but it couldn't possibly provide coverage to Seatoun because Beacon Hill would be in the way.

25840 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5562

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

Reply # 37714 5-Jun-2006 13:04
Send private message

alasta:
sbiddle: Vodafone only built 2 GSM sites in Seatoun around 18 months ago. Before then coverage was all from Petone so I would be guessing 3G coverage will be off sites there.


Petone seems a long way away considering that the coverage of a 2100MHz UMTS site isn't great. Do they have a 3G site in Eastbourne? I'm sure there's a 3G site down the road from where I live in Strathmore, but it couldn't possibly provide coverage to Seatoun because Beacon Hill would be in the way.


I don't think the Eastbourne site was upgraded to 3G. There is a 3G site in Strathmore by the shops but as you say that isn't going to provide coverage.

I have a friend who lives on Beacon Hill Rd and find it very annoying trying to use a phone there. I get a single signal bar in 3G mode which isn't enough to use 3G for voice or data as it keeps dropping out. my V600i however won't drop back into 2G mode because it sees the 3G signal. I have to manually change my phone to GSM mode before I can ever make any calls while I'm there!

From memory the Seaview site only has 2 UMTS panel sectors so coesn't have any southward facing panels. The Moera site does and it's not really that far, particularly over water which causes signals to carry well.

I find it whierd that Vodafone haven't really done a lot in the past year to expand 3G coverage beyond the original footprint in the Wgtn region. They have rolled out additional infill sites but places like Stokes Valley and Wainuiomate still don't have 3G coverage. Stokes Valley still has omni masts for GSM which is very unusual for Vodafone (only other site in the region that does is on top of the Realm in Hataitai).





Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Spark doubles down on wireless broadband
Posted 24-Jan-2018 15:44


New Zealand's IT industry in 2018 and beyond
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:50


Introducing your new workplace headache: Gen Z
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:45


Jucy set to introduce electric campervan fleet
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:41


Hawaiki cable system will be ready for service in June 2018
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:32


New Zealand hits peak broadband data
Posted 18-Jan-2018 12:21


Amazon Echo devices coming to New Zealand early February 2018
Posted 18-Jan-2018 10:53


$3.74 million for new electric vehicles in New Zealand
Posted 17-Jan-2018 11:27


Nova 2i: Value, not excitement from Huawei
Posted 17-Jan-2018 09:02


Less news in Facebook News Feed revamp
Posted 15-Jan-2018 13:15


Australian Government contract awarded to Datacom Connect
Posted 11-Jan-2018 08:37


Why New Zealand needs a chief technology officer
Posted 6-Jan-2018 13:59


Amazon release Silk Browser and Firefox for Fire TV
Posted 21-Dec-2017 13:42


New Chief Technology Officer role created
Posted 19-Dec-2017 22:18


All I want for Christmas is a new EV
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:54



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.