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  Reply # 67468 18-Apr-2007 07:49
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See this cabinet paper (exec summary) from two weeks ago which suggests that both Telecom and Vodafone aren't fully using their 800/900 spectrum and so 7.5 MHz from each band would go up for auction when the licences come up for renewal.

I too read somewhere that Voda sold NZ Comms 6MHz last week, though haven't seen any details or confirmation. Perhaps they are trying to pre-empt losing it at the auction - get some money for it.

EDIT: in the recommendations section of the cabinet paper I see that if either Telecom or Vodafone sell at least 5 MHz on the open market then they get to keep the 7.5MHz that would otherwise be auctioned. So sell 5MHz now or lose 7.5MHz later.

Getting back to the thread topic, I wonder if this has something to do with TelstraClear shutting down its Tauranga network. Perhaps it will do a phoenix and will reappear using some of Telecom's 800MHz spectrum (and an agreement to roam onto the fabled Telecom WCDMA network - which I personally don't believe is in the works (yet)).





 

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  Reply # 67470 18-Apr-2007 08:17
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It doesn't make sense for them to enter into roaming agreements with a non GSM network - as that severely limits their international roaming options.

Oh, and, in the words of Jenny Keown, power to the Wireless-CDMA!

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  Reply # 67524 18-Apr-2007 11:58
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willnz: It doesn't make sense for them to enter into roaming agreements with a non GSM network - as that severely limits their international roaming options.

Oh, and, in the words of Jenny Keown, power to the Wireless-CDMA!



Wasn't TCL's network WCDMA, not GSM?




 

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  Reply # 67525 18-Apr-2007 12:00
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Oh? I'm not sure on the specifics of their network - I just assumed from the fact they had a national roaming agreement with Vodafone that it would be GSM... ? Especially as Vodafone's 3G coverage is somewhat limited

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  Reply # 67538 18-Apr-2007 13:23
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WCDMA is backwards compatible with GSM - a WCDMA handset will work on GSM if there is no WCDMA network (either the same operator's or a roaming partner's).




 

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  Reply # 67539 18-Apr-2007 13:26
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Ahhh yes sorry my stupid brain was getting things confused with CDMA Embarassed

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