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Topic # 23644 5-Jul-2008 10:14

Hi all, quick post then I'm away...

We've just announced our 3G broadband intentions - building out the 3G network to match the reach of our 2G network.

Read about it here on TUANZ's blog.

That means wherever you have 2G coverage today you'll get 3G coverage by the end of next year.

We're also increasing the speeds across the network so you'll find us moving from today's 3.6Mbit/s down up to 7.2Mbit/s and beyond from there...

Herald story here.

Press release and info will be up on Monday.

cheers

Paul




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  Reply # 143160 5-Jul-2008 10:23
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Are you referring to 900mhz WCDMA or 2100mhz WCDMA?






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  Reply # 143161 5-Jul-2008 10:35
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Vodafone switches off 2G network in fives years - that's my prediction.

I'd say it will be mainly 900 3G outside of the main centres. I'd also say most handsets by end of next year will be 900 3G capable. Another 2 years after that for the average user to have a 900 3G handset, then another 1-2 years to move remaining users.

Anyway, just my thoughts, but should spark some good debate.




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  Reply # 143163 5-Jul-2008 10:40
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coffeebaron: Vodafone switches off 2G network in fives years - that's my prediction.

I'd say it will be mainly 900 3G outside of the main centres. I'd also say most handsets by end of next year will be 900 3G capable. Another 2 years after that for the average user to have a 900 3G handset, then another 1-2 years to move remaining users.

Anyway, just my thoughts, but should spark some good debate.


2G will be around longer than 5 years as cells for capacity and coverage are still been deployed

and 3G will be a mixture of 2100 and 900

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  Reply # 143164 5-Jul-2008 10:45
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I beleive its 900MHz network  and a few handsets and counting - note most handsets are not 900MHz so look out for upgrade deals. 

see http://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/4695 from scottjpalmer he is keeping a list




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  Reply # 143166 5-Jul-2008 10:47

cokemaster: Are you referring to 900mhz WCDMA or 2100mhz WCDMA?




Regional stuff will be 900MHz. Mobiles already available, and I think on Monday you'll find we've got USB modems etc as well... but I'm away so not sure quite when that'll happen.

and now, I return to the cows. Moooof!




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  Reply # 143171 5-Jul-2008 11:37
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Does the 97% mean 97% of the population or the land area? Because we've certainly been in plenty of places (esp in south island) where there is zero vodafone coverage for several kilometers. Interestingly enough there was telecom coverage, but only just.

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  Reply # 143175 5-Jul-2008 12:10
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eXDee: Does the 97% mean 97% of the population or the land area? Because we've certainly been in plenty of places (esp in south island) where there is zero vodafone coverage for several kilometers. Interestingly enough there was telecom coverage, but only just.
paul has provided links off to the media release that advise population

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  Reply # 143177 5-Jul-2008 12:38
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This is the sort of news that you want to see on the headlines on the papers! I'm a happy man.

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  Reply # 143180 5-Jul-2008 12:50
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zocster: This is the sort of news that you want to see on the headlines on the papers! I'm a happy man.
where abouts are you maybe umts 900 coverage is already in your area.

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  Reply # 143181 5-Jul-2008 12:51
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Christchurch :) Hornby area for home, and Central for work :)

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  Reply # 143187 5-Jul-2008 12:58
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zocster: Christchurch :) Hornby area for home, and Central for work :)
ok so alreay covered by 2100mhz

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  Reply # 143190 5-Jul-2008 13:00
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It is but I would like coverage to go further to the country side :) hence that's why it is good news for everone :)

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  Reply # 143193 5-Jul-2008 13:04
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zocster: It is but I would like coverage to go further to the country side :) hence that's why it is good news for everone :)
yes its great news lots of work going on!

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  Reply # 143213 5-Jul-2008 13:47
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This is good news, I work a distance out of town and will certainly make use of it.

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  Reply # 143225 5-Jul-2008 14:25
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Good news, thanks Paul. Hoepfully I'll find the variability of 3G coverage a little less frustrating soon!




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