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  # 240605 30-Jul-2009 14:47
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johnr:
nakedmolerat:
johnr:
Predated: Will the Wanaka Central site be upgraded to 3g at anytime? or will it just be a 2g site?


As above really Wanaka Already had 2G/3G 900mhz from a site on the hill

The new site is for improved capacity on 2G

John


hey john,

so when will this 900mhz band can be used by us?


Do you live in a 900mhz 3G coverage area??



The boys from Korida have just installed a new microwave link for the site in Wanaka town, I'd expect the new site will most definatley be 3G.

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  # 240658 30-Jul-2009 17:08
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Wob:
sbiddle:
andrewcnz: Its a shame Vodafone could not cover the same places as it's existing 2G network, one day I'm sure when I don't know.


Coverage will always be slightly different due to characteristics of the different technologies.

There are plenty of places now that have 3G coverage and no GSM..



True, in fact there are only a couple of sites in the South Island that are still GSM only, and many new sites built are only 3G.

Vodafone are still increasing their coverage too. We recently built a site at Punakaiki (2G & 2100-3G) and had to use a sat-phone to set it up, as Telecom aren't even there.

Punakaiki has coverage? Since when? I can't see it on Vodafone's coverage map.

 
 
 
 


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  # 240663 30-Jul-2009 17:16
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Wanaka: Kordia have installed a microwave hop to replace the Telecom leased line feeding the site - much cheaper. Still only 2G until the 3G BTS is installed.

Punakaiki: Not yet made live to customers, so even though it may be working VF still have to optimise it. They won't put it on the coverage map until it is made live.




 

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  # 240665 30-Jul-2009 17:19
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Punakaiki will be added to the coverage map approx one month after it goes live

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  # 240670 30-Jul-2009 17:24
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Anything else planned for the Coast road? How far does the signal reach from the Punakaiki one? Does it make it to Barrytown?

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  # 240673 30-Jul-2009 17:31
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quickymart: Anything else planned for the Coast road? How far does the signal reach from the Punakakiki one? Does it make it to Barrytown?


Please wait for the coverage map to be updated or once site goes live

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  # 240675 30-Jul-2009 17:34
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It's a fairly short roadside pole (the street light is on top of it) so it will probably only be for local coverage.

I haven't actually been to this site yet, so I can't comment on how high up it is.




 

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  # 241223 1-Aug-2009 16:05
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Thanks guys. I'll have a go at testing it when I'm there next :)

Is it true that a mobile broadband device (like a Vodem) requires a better signal than a cellphone to work properly? I'm looking at getting one down the track, but I'm going to be visiting a rural part of the Coast this month (with excellent 2G coverage) and using my Nokia 6121 as a modem to test how strong the 3G/WCDMA extended signal is there. Is that a good indicator?

Also, if I want to get a Vodem stick later, is the newer one (K7315, I think) better than the stick offered in the $149 Prepay Broadband promotion running at the moment? ie, will the newer stick pick up a weaker signal better than the other one, or are they exactly the same, bar the physical colour?

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  # 241237 1-Aug-2009 16:53
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Nokia 6121c is a good handset also works well phone as Modem

The prepay Vodem is a ZTE that supports up to 3.6 mbps down

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  # 241247 1-Aug-2009 17:36
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Cheers John. If I get good WCDMA 900 coverage with the 6121, does that guarantee a Vodem would work just as well?
What's ZTE?
And the newer Vodem (K7315) supports 7MB/s down, have I got that right?

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  # 241248 1-Aug-2009 17:40
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quickymart: Cheers John. If I get coverage with the 6121, does that guarantee a Vodem would work just as well?
What's ZTE?
And the newer Vodem (K7315) supports 7MB/s down, have I got that right?


ZTE is the make google it

The more costly Vodem supports higher speeds

And If you can get coverage on the Nokia 6121c this means you should get coverage on other devices if the operating freq is correct

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  # 241290 1-Aug-2009 19:40
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You will probably find it depends on the device.
Most USB devices for use on 850 or 900mhz often don't have the RF performance of a handset. Size does matter often. The 6121c is a good handset in 3G only so in those out of the way places where it works and the USB doesn't use the 6121.
Then again an external antenna set up will make a big difference to both speed and range of the device.





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  # 241293 1-Aug-2009 19:51
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That is why I used the word " should "

Vodems do have a small aerial sometimes they are better on the end of a USB lead in low coverage

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  # 241294 1-Aug-2009 19:59
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Thanks everyone. I'll test it in the location in question and report back :)

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  # 241296 1-Aug-2009 20:07
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quickymart: Thanks everyone. I'll test it in the location in question and report back :)


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