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  #2010323 8-May-2018 20:58
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Wonder if 2100 MHz was chosen because it's the only frequency common to all three carriers. So easier to have a joint site (with what looks like, at the very least, shared antennas). Really good to see joint builds happening across three carriers. I know of many examples overseas of two carriers sharing infrastructure (e.g. EE+H3G in the UK, VF+O2 in UK, Optus+VF in AU, old Telstra+H3G in AU, etc) but this is the first I've heard of three carriers. Well done to all involved.


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  #2010346 8-May-2018 21:38
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Awesome! Although I just checked 2degrees coverage map but it's not there (yet)...

 

I wonder what the "solution" is for 4G including data - maybe finally getting fibre down to Haast for backhaul?


 
 
 
 


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  #2010351 8-May-2018 21:50
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quickymart:

 

I wonder what the "solution" is for 4G including data - maybe finally getting fibre down to Haast for backhaul?

 

 

Guessing but air fibre would be the most cost effective way

 

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  #2010358 8-May-2018 22:06
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Sorry, dumb question but what's air fibre? Wikipedia (and Google) don't seem to know much about it :(


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  #2010361 8-May-2018 22:16
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quickymart:

 

Sorry, dumb question but what's air fibre? Wikipedia (and Google) don't seem to know much about it :(

 

 

Huge capacity over microwave link

 

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  #2010363 8-May-2018 22:19
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Right, that would be best. I imagine laying fibre in the ground to Haast (as nice as it would be, as it would give some redundancy, even through to Wanaka) would probably be prohibitively expensive.


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  #2010431 9-May-2018 09:00
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quickymart:

 

Right, that would be best. I imagine laying fibre in the ground to Haast (as nice as it would be, as it would give some redundancy, even through to Wanaka) would probably be prohibitively expensive.

 

 

Its not crazy for the distances involved but yeah for sheer spend per population, it is not cheap


 
 
 
 


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  #2014278 11-May-2018 19:23
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Drove through Haast today. Picked a signal up approx 4 kms from the Wanaka end and lost it again about 6 kms towards Franz Josef. Will attempt to upload a picture of the cell site but it was on a pole about the height of a street light with 3 sectored antennas. Clearly designed only for coverage for the main town area.
Both Spark and Vodafone signals were received.

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  #2014322 11-May-2018 20:05
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  #2014362 11-May-2018 20:49
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Awesome! Although I just checked all the providers maps and there's nothing showing there yet :(


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  #2014478 12-May-2018 07:10
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Sure did. Only showed 3G on both phones. And although I did not conduct a speed test it was noticeably very slow. Maybe only slightly better than dial up!

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  #2014485 12-May-2018 07:52
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nzpilot1181: Sure did. Only showed 3G on both phones. And although I did not conduct a speed test it was noticeably very slow. Maybe only slightly better than dial up!

 

Thats Satellite backhaul for you, but it is interesting that data is actually there,


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  #2014487 12-May-2018 07:55
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What was the original 3G data spec? Something like 384kbit/s


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  #2014493 12-May-2018 08:22
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quickymart:

Awesome! Although I just checked all the providers maps and there's nothing showing there yet :(



@quickymart Carries only update coverage map about only once every 4 weeks sometimes longer

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  #2015089 13-May-2018 12:38
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a few towns I have noticed have different antennas. I have seen some Spark sites with Omni directional antennas (looks like two long telescopic antennas) but Vodafone seem to go with the sectored panel antennas. Any reason why? Benefits of both?

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