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Topic # 17638 5-Dec-2007 13:47
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NZ Communications Ltd and Vodafone New Zealand Ltd sign roaming
agreement



Vodafone New Zealand Ltd has signed an agreement to provide NZ
Communications with national roaming services.



The agreement will enable NZ Communications to provide nationwide mobile
services to its customers. When NZ Communications customers travel
outside the coverage of the new NZ Communications network, they will be
able to automatically roam on Vodafone's 2G GSM and GPRS network.



According to NZ Communications Chairman Bill Osborne signing the
national roaming agreement indicates the commitment of New Zealand
Communications to be a provider of mobile telephone services in New
Zealand.



"There is still much work to be done and agreement still has to be
reached on detailed implementation plans around roaming and co-location
before NZ Communications can provide services to New Zealand consumers.



"NZ Communications is targeting late next year for a start up date, but
that is very dependent on the progress made on the detailed
implementation plans."



CEO of Vodafone, Russell Stanners, says the announcement is another
example of Vodafone providing commercial wholesale solutions in the
market place.



"There has been enormous interest from all quarters in ensuring there is
a third player in the New Zealand mobile market, NZ Communications and
Vodafone have worked hard to put a commercial deal in place and we are
now finalising implementation plans to deliver the service", says
Stanners.



The service covers voice, SMS, and data and may be extended to include
3G and HSDPA at NZ Communications' request.







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Reply # 98322 5-Dec-2007 14:22
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Hey guys, hey guys...I've got a joke...

Econet

AHAHAHAHA

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  Reply # 98323 5-Dec-2007 14:25
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Start up's still another year away? I'd have thought they'd be aiming for earlier than that.




 

 
 
 
 


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Reply # 98329 5-Dec-2007 14:39
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I'll beleive it when I see it.

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  Reply # 98475 6-Dec-2007 08:35
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macuser: Hey guys, hey guys...I've got a joke...

Econet

AHAHAHAHA


The "Vaporware" telco.  Yep they may get up and running in our lifetime.  How many years and Mil$$ of tax payers money so far??




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I heard on National Radio the other day that NZ Comms have enough base station equipment in NZ to build around 200 BTSs.

Now there is a rumour that Vodafone have de-commissioned loads of old Nokia "steam powered" BTS gear (replaced by state-of-the-art 'lectricity powered stuff).

That explains the big old white van parked beside the skip out the back of French Street!!?! Wink




 

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  Reply # 98731 7-Dec-2007 13:17

Looks like NZ Communications has scored itself some spectrum from Telecom

Third mobile player swings its second major deal with telcos


Yesterday, Telecom announced it would sell for an undisclosed sum 5MHz out of a block of about 20MHz of spectrum it owns suitable for mobile services.

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  Reply # 98737 7-Dec-2007 13:40
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cranz: Looks like NZ Communications has scored itself some spectrum from Telecom

Third mobile player swings its second major deal with telcos


Yesterday, Telecom announced it would sell for an undisclosed sum 5MHz out of a block of about 20MHz of spectrum it owns suitable for mobile services.


And probably be the world's first tri band GSM operator - 850Mhz, 900MHz and 1800MHz!

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  Reply # 98759 7-Dec-2007 15:11
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Quad band plus 2100 I know its WCDMA not GSM

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  Reply # 98765 7-Dec-2007 15:50
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johnr: Quad band plus 2100 I know its WCDMA not GSM


Do you (or anybody else) know exactly what their network configuration will be? 2100 WCDMA in the major cities and GSM for rural areas as their rollout continues or WCDMA+GSM in the cities?

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  Reply # 98773 7-Dec-2007 16:14
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Just to add to that I've just been quietly informed they are going to be a GSM only network with no 3G component at this stage. A quick search around doesn't seem to show anything definate about their plans. Does anybody know exactly what they're planning?

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  Reply # 98784 7-Dec-2007 16:58
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sbiddle: Just to add to that I've just been quietly informed they are going to be a GSM only network with no 3G component at this stage.

Well, that makes good sense because they are aiming squarely at the bottom end of the market as it says in another thread.  GSM is all that's needed to satisfy a large majority of the users out there.

I can see them taking an equivalent position to Digicel in Samoa and many other small nations around the Pacific and Caribbean.  Have a look at the rates here:

http://www.digicelsamoa.com/tariffs/index.php?pa=digicel_flex

and divide the SENE amounts by 2 to get the equivalent in NZ cents.  Those prices are what we should be paying if we had genuine competition in the NZ mobile market.  Bring it on Cool

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  Reply # 98911 8-Dec-2007 16:46
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That means four networks up in running by 2009

Wow!

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sbiddle: Just to add to that I've just been quietly informed they are going to be a GSM only network with no 3G component at this stage. A quick search around doesn't seem to show anything definate about their plans. Does anybody know exactly what they're planning?


I've heard a different rumour. I've heard their 3G is powered by the mighty Chinese vendor (Who-a-wee) and they will use VF's  2G network for GSM. How's that sound?




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  Reply # 98944 8-Dec-2007 20:26
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Aloha:
sbiddle: Just to add to that I've just been quietly informed they are going to be a GSM only network with no 3G component at this stage. A quick search around doesn't seem to show anything definate about their plans. Does anybody know exactly what they're planning?


I've heard a different rumour. I've heard their 3G is powered by the mighty Chinese vendor (Who-a-wee) and they will use VF's  2G network for GSM. How's that sound?


Then why did they want both 800 and 900 spectrum? You wouldn't deploy WCDMA at both 800 and 900 because there would be a terrible handset selection. You can easily deploy GSM using 800 and 900 spectrum.

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  Reply # 98963 8-Dec-2007 21:36
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Out of interest what 3G spectrum do NZ Communications hold? It is at 2100 MHz?

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