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Topic # 9466 19-Sep-2006 18:11
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Hi there,

Anyone know where I can get up to date info on where Vodafone have 3G (UMTS) coverage.  I've seen the recent press articles about their HSDPA roll out plans and visited the Voda website but can only find maps for 17 areas.  Any idea if Voda have coverage in other areas as well?

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Reply # 46490 19-Sep-2006 18:13
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All Vodafone NZ 3G coverage is detailed in this map:

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/coverage/3g/maps.jsp?st=vlive&ss=3g&item=whatis3g&subitem=3gcoverage

Assume that HSDPA is available wherever 3G is available, with different speeds. From start only Wellington, Auckland and Chrischurch will be 3.6Mbps, everywhere else will be 1.8Mbps.





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  Reply # 46506 19-Sep-2006 19:49

Some stats:

98% of Population covered by GPRS
45% of Population covered by UMTS (3G Coverage)
25% of Population (at launch) covered by HSDPA ("3G Broadband Coverage") - Mainly Main Centres



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  Reply # 46509 19-Sep-2006 20:00
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They don't seem to have many areas covered!  Is there a chance that these maps are only for major centres and that there is actually more coverage?

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Reply # 46511 19-Sep-2006 20:19
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It's 98% of the population covered, not 98% of the area. Cellular data coverage is only where people are. Check the maps again...







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  Reply # 46513 19-Sep-2006 20:35
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Understand - from what I understand Telecom have 80 plus towns covered by EVDO according to the map voda have less than 20?

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Reply # 46514 19-Sep-2006 20:35
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cranz:
45% of Population covered by UMTS (3G Coverage)
25% of Population (at launch) covered by HSDPA ("3G Broadband Coverage") - Mainly Main Centres


I'm surprised that there's such a large gap between UMTS and HSDPA coverage. I have it on good authority that there will be no significant difference between the two in terms of coverage.

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Reply # 46515 19-Sep-2006 20:39
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Alasta, exactly. AFAIK, if you can get UMTS, you could get HSDPA. Not full 3.6Mbps, but at least 1.8Mbps. This is what Phil Patel told me at Vodafone during the launch.

As for coverage, yes, Telecom New Zealand has more 3G coverage than Vodafone New Zealand.





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  Reply # 46516 19-Sep-2006 20:41

It wont take long before HSDPA coverage is equal to UMTS, but at launch it will only be key population areas


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Reply # 46517 19-Sep-2006 20:45
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Hmmm. That's not what Vodafone people are saying during drinks named "official launch"...

Perhaps I should start recording these things?





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  Reply # 46518 19-Sep-2006 20:50

Yeah seems to be a difference in information here!

I think Phil would be the more reliable source ;)

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  Reply # 46520 19-Sep-2006 21:21
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I guess the big question now will be how long it takes to roll out WCDMA 900MHz and what % of the 900MHz network Vodafone plan on upgrading.

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  Reply # 46526 19-Sep-2006 23:43

sbiddle: I guess the big question now will be how long it takes to roll out WCDMA 900MHz and what % of the 900MHz network Vodafone plan on upgrading.



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