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Topic # 30736 19-Feb-2009 17:49
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Vodafone press release...
Vodafone to bring 3G coverage to 97% of places New Zealanders live work and play

Vodafone plans to complete its rollout of 3G coverage to 97% of the places New Zealanders live work and play by 31 May 2009, a year ahead of schedule. 

This means that many people who haven’t had access to fixed broadband can now get mobile broadband, as well as popular 3G features such as mobile internet, full-track music downloads and video calling. 

The rollout of the 900 MHz evolution of the 3G network ensures all New Zealanders can access the best technology, wherever they are, says Vodafone NZ CEO, Russell Stanners. 

“Over half a million customers are enjoying the benefits of our NZ 3G network today. We’ve invested nearly $3 billion in New Zealand, continually improving and extending our network through a progression of technology evolutions. This allows us to refine and optimise the technology we’ve chosen, rather than starting from scratch and building a new network each time.”

Vodafone has engaged Nokia Siemens Networks to extend its network. “Nokia Siemens has a powerful track record,” says Stanners, “consistently being chosen to build new networks and extend existing networks. We’re confident that by partnering with Nokia Siemens, we will continue to offer New Zealanders the best 3G products and services in the country.”

Using the 900 MHz spectrum means extended 3G coverage for a more efficient build. “One of the reasons we chose Nokia Siemens is because of their strong environmental credentials,” says Stanners. “Nokia Siemens has invested heavily in ‘green radio’, which substantially decreases the carbon footprint of the cellsites.”

Vodafone offers New Zealanders the best choice for all their telecommunications needs – from mobile phones and mobile broadband to landlines and fixed broadband.

Notes to the Editor

Where?
The 900 MHz 3G rollout will provide equivalent coverage to its existing 2G networks. That means 3G coverage in places like Geraldine, Fairlie, Greymouth, Kaikoura, Hicks Bay, Hawera and Kaikohe, to name a few.

For coverage maps, visit www.vodafone.co.nz/coverage/. 

Extended 3G devices
By 31 May 2009, there will be 14 mobiles and 2 mobile broadband products available for use on the extended 900 MHz 3G network. All 900 MHz mobile phones can also be used as a modem, giving access to the internet and the ability to make simultaneous voice calls.

Mobiles:
Nokia 3120c
Nokia 6121
Nokia 5800
Nokia 5320
Nokia N96
Nokia N85
Nokia E66
Nokia E75
Nokia E71
Nokia E63
Sony Ericsson 715
Sony Ericsson Xperia
HTC Diamond II
LG KS500

Mobile data solutions:
Vodem Stick
Vodafone Mobile Connect

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  Reply # 196771 19-Feb-2009 20:18
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Mmmmm, I wonder if this has anything to do with Telecom having their 3G network launching in June? I remember vodafone were initially saying by the end of this year, they must be feeling the pressure from the new Telecom launch.

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  Reply # 196780 19-Feb-2009 20:49
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Its probably got a WHOLE lot to do with it marmel :)

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  Reply # 196788 19-Feb-2009 21:09
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Pity so few current models support 900Mhz. I guess that works in their favour as well, increases odds of them being able to sell new handsets to people. Kinda rough for people that adopted some of their more flagship-like models that they've been pushing such as the N95 and the iPhone, but with such big chunks of the country being "rural" and 900Mhz being more suitable for the job than 2100Mhz, I guess that's what we're stuck with.

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  Reply # 196798 19-Feb-2009 21:55
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marmel: Mmmmm, I wonder if this has anything to do with Telecom having their 3G network launching in June? I remember vodafone were initially saying by the end of this year, they must be feeling the pressure from the new Telecom launch.


Like anything in business it's all based on what your competitor does. Vodafone were in no rush to deploy however Telecom's WCDMA 850 switch forced them to accelerate their rollout program. At the end of the day that's only a good thing for customers!

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  Reply # 196886 20-Feb-2009 11:46
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Does anyone know what the model of the e71 that supoorts umts 900mhz

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  Reply # 196887 20-Feb-2009 11:57
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E71-1

Also add the 6210 Navigator to that list :)

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  Reply # 196928 20-Feb-2009 14:36
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The N86 8MP, announced earlier this week, also offers 900. Seems like a very cool phone.




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  Reply # 196941 20-Feb-2009 15:30
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HTC Magic (Andriod Phone) which will be here around May

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  Reply # 196947 20-Feb-2009 16:00
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About time Vodafone stops neglecting my E71!!

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  Reply # 196968 20-Feb-2009 17:13
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Does ne1 know if ruakaka/waipu will be in the 97%

what is the advanatge of the 900mhz range

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  Reply # 196977 20-Feb-2009 17:38
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hasole: Does ne1 know if ruakaka/waipu will be in the 97%



what is the advanatge of the 900mhz range


97% is Vodafone's existing GSM coverage. Their 900+2100 WCDMA network will offer virtually identical coverage nationwide as you presently get from GSM.

Advantages of 900 over 2100 is that it requires far less cellsites to cover the same area and has better RF characteristics and inbuilding propogation.

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  Reply # 197010 20-Feb-2009 19:35
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So is this 900 MHz 3g network different from the current 3g network? And if it is, why didn’t they make the original 3g network 900 MHz?

I just purchased a new phone and made sure it had 3g…. now I’m wondering if it’ll be able to run on this new 3g frequency you are all talking about?



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  Reply # 197011 20-Feb-2009 19:43
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What phone did you buy?

The technology wasn't available originally, it is a reasonably recent (last year or 2) invention

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  Reply # 197012 20-Feb-2009 19:48
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I purchased the Vodafone 720

Bloody annoying... Vodafone shouldn't keep selling these phones (especially their own brands) when they know a new network that extend coverage for 3g won’t support their device! They could have at least told me… I ask specifically for a 3g phone!

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  Reply # 197013 20-Feb-2009 19:54
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U may be confused by their marketing

3g = umts = 384k down
mobile broadband aka 3.5g = hsdpa 7.2Mb down


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