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

929 posts

Ultimate Geek

# 18110 28-Dec-2007 08:50
Send private message

Have Vodafone been adding more capacity to their network? I have noticed on the ministry of economic development site, that many Vodafone cell sites now have an extra frequency recently added on the GSM 900 band. Anybody know more information regarding this.

Create new topic
19282 posts

Uber Geek
Inactive user

  # 101997 28-Dec-2007 09:03
Send private message

Capacity is always been increased on all parts of the network not just 900mhz band

If anything there is less capacity on 900mhz as a chunk was sold to NZC

28278 posts

Uber Geek

Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  # 102000 28-Dec-2007 09:26
Send private message

It's probably just network reconfiguration due to their sale of some of their 900MHz spectrum to NZ Communications.


3028 posts

Uber Geek


  # 102338 30-Dec-2007 21:41
Send private message

When vodafone looks more at WCDMA900, will it use the same frequency as their GSM transmitters or will they need their own freq?

28278 posts

Uber Geek

Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  # 102339 30-Dec-2007 21:47
Send private message

DjShadow: When vodafone looks more at WCDMA900, will it use the same frequency as their GSM transmitters or will they need their own freq?

It will be a different frequency. Both networks can't use the same frequency.

WCDMA (and CDMA) only uses a single frequency however uses a minimum of 5MHz of bandwidth.

GSM on the other hand is a TDMA based system and uses various frequencies on the same site, typically a GSM network requires approximately 25MHz of bandwidth to operate divided into channels spaced 200 kHz apart.

Vodafone have plenty of 900MHz spectrum to run both networks side by side, something they are very lucky to have.

202 posts

Master Geek


  # 102413 31-Dec-2007 17:15
Send private message

I've been out of the country for 2 months and prior to leaving I had 3G disabled as it was sapping battery life and the signal strength at home and at work (home being Remuera, Auckland and work being Symonds Street, Auckland CBD) was sporadic in that the number of bars showing on my phone would fluctuate heavily.

Since arriving back I seem to have 5/6 to 6/6 bars of 3G coverage pretty much everywhere I go so I don't know if a heap of new sites came on in the last two months or something else changed but it's a marked improvement.  In addition, owing to the increased signal strength I can make it through the day without loosing more than a bar of battery with moderate talk time.

Has anyone else noticed a change in 3G performance?

Create new topic

Twitter and LinkedIn »

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 »

LG Electronics begins distributing the G8X THINQ
Posted 24-Oct-2019 10:58

Arlo unveils its first video doorbell
Posted 21-Oct-2019 08:27

New Zealand students shortlisted for James Dyson Award
Posted 21-Oct-2019 08:18

Norton LifeLock Launches Norton 360
Posted 21-Oct-2019 08:11

Microsoft New Zealand Partner Awards results
Posted 18-Oct-2019 10:18

Logitech introduces new Made for Google keyboard and mouse devices
Posted 16-Oct-2019 13:36

MATTR launches to accelerate decentralised identity
Posted 16-Oct-2019 10:28

Vodafone X-Squad powers up for customers
Posted 16-Oct-2019 08:15

D Link ANZ launches EXO Smart Mesh Wi Fi Routers with McAfee protection
Posted 15-Oct-2019 11:31

Major Japanese retailer partners with smart New Zealand technology IMAGR
Posted 14-Oct-2019 10:29

Ola pioneers one-time passcode feature to fight rideshare fraud
Posted 14-Oct-2019 10:24

Spark Sport new home of NZC matches from 2020
Posted 10-Oct-2019 09:59

Meet Nola, Noel Leeming's new digital employee
Posted 4-Oct-2019 08:07

Registrations for Sprout Accelerator open for 2020 season
Posted 4-Oct-2019 08:02

Teletrac Navman welcomes AI tech leader Jens Meggers as new President
Posted 4-Oct-2019 07:41

Geekzone Live »

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

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

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.