Just been down to the Fieldays at Mystery Creek, Vodafone had a good setup there and ended up having a chat with one of the guys there, spotted 2 things of interest:
1. They had both of there Sure Signal units there (the one home one and its bigger option), plus showing an external one which is not available for sale yet. Best match I can find on Google is the Alcatel Lucent 9363 Metro Cell. I noted to him the issue is the need to be on Vodafone broadband and in rural areas its not always possible, he hinted this rule may be done away with so heres hoping! I can see this being a popular product as I deal with a lot of rural clients myself and lack of coverage at the cow shed is a major first world problem no matter the carrier, apparently a lot of farmers were pulling out their cheque books wanting one already.
2. They had a Vodafone TV unit going, the guy said their computers were running off the 700mhz LTE transmitter at the top of the hill. I did ask about Vodafone availability on UFF and indicated only a few months away.
I didn't ask how the Vodafone TV unit was working, couldn't tell if it was a live picture off Sky Sport or just a playback but given there wouldn't of been a fibre connection there is it possible the IP Multicast which it uses is being done over LTE? Other thought is with this being a UFB type product why show it at a rural event?
Had a nosy at the Telecom site as well inside the events centre, they had Matt Gibb from the Tech in a Sec ads there plus a camera crew so I'm guessing the stand will show up on TV ads soon. Wasn't really much to look at on their stand. I was getting Telecom 4G coverage inside the events centre too but not outside