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Topic # 191386 2-Feb-2016 20:11
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New towers expand mobile phone coverage

 

Fifteen new cell towers added to existing networks have expanded mobile coverage to more than 1700 square kilometres of rural areas previously without coverage.

 

The new towers are a result of the auction of the 700 MHz band of radio spectrum, won by Spark and Vodafone in 2014. Under the auction agreement Spark and Vodafone were required to build new towers in new rural areas in the first five years after the purchase.

 

Fifteen of these new towers are now complete and servicing remote communities, and 60 more are still to come.

 

“People living and working in these areas can now use their mobile phones in places where there was previously no coverage,” Ms Adams says.

 

“This new coverage is essential for emergency situations and will help emergency service providers to quickly reach those needing assistance.

 

“80 per cent of New Zealanders now have access to 4G, or fourth generation, high speed mobile data services and we expect that number to reach 90 per cent by 2019.”

 

The new 4G networks are delivering better coverage and increased network capacity for New Zealand’s regions. The result is speeds up to ten times faster than 3G mobile.

 

“This is another important milestone in improving our internet services for individuals, schools, hospitals and businesses, including in rural areas, as New Zealanders seek to take advantage of the benefits of the digital economy,” Ms Adams says.

 

Vodafone’s five new towers are: Catlins North (Southland), Waihau Bay (East Coast), Tapawera South (Tasman), Otautau (Southland), and Millers Flat (Central Otago).

 

New Spark towers have been built at: Castle Hill (North Canterbury), Awhitu North (South Manukau Heads), Porongahau (South Hawkes Bay), Glen Murray (South of Port Waikato), Barrytown (West Coast), Maihiihi (Waikato), Kaniere (West Coast), Gladstone (Wairarapa), Karamea (West Coast), and Kaiaua (western Firth of Thames).

 





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  Reply # 1483885 2-Feb-2016 20:29
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How do these 700MHz towers help in emergency situations, since there is no voice on LTE yet?





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  Reply # 1483887 2-Feb-2016 20:33
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richms:

 

How do these 700MHz towers help in emergency situations, since there is no voice on LTE yet?

 

 

as i understand it, their power is turned down so the 900/850mhz service is about equal and still provides voice





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  Reply # 1483913 2-Feb-2016 20:59
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I see from the list that some of Spark's new builds are on Vodafone pre-planned RBI towers. The pre-planned RBI towers I believe are not counted towards the new tower builds that Vodafone have to commit to for their slice of L700. Makes it easier for Spark to fill their quota.





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hio77:

 

as i understand it, their power is turned down so the 900/850mhz service is about equal and still provides voice

 

 

Seems absurd to cripple a network just so that its coverage matches a legacy one.





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richms:

 

hio77:

 

as i understand it, their power is turned down so the 900/850mhz service is about equal and still provides voice

 

 

Seems absurd to cripple a network just so that its coverage matches a legacy one.

 

 

The sooner VoLTE becomes standard, the better...


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  Reply # 1483924 2-Feb-2016 21:22
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backfiah:

 

The sooner VoLTE becomes standard, the better...

 

 

If you really care about a voice service from your mobile internet provider, then yeah, I would rather that they just focused on providing fast cheap everywhere access to the internet and left phonecalls out of it when designing the network.





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richms:

 

hio77:

 

as i understand it, their power is turned down so the 900/850mhz service is about equal and still provides voice

 

 

Seems absurd to cripple a network just so that its coverage matches a legacy one.

 

 

Yep, and certainly very noticeable in rural areas. Probably by land mass its up to half the coverage of 3G (based on regular driving in known 4G serving cell areas that are only serving me 3G). Also hand off up to 4G seems to lag significantly. Often you're almost on top of the tower before 4G kicks in. <-- this is probably why coverage seems significantly less.

 

 

 

 

 

 





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richms:

 

If you really care about a voice service from your mobile internet provider, then yeah, I would rather that they just focused on providing fast cheap everywhere access to the internet and left phonecalls out of it when designing the network.

 

 

I believe a big part of the issue with VoLTE is ensuring that voice packets are transmitted with higher priority (and low enough latency) through the network so as to give a similar voice experience as to what people are used to using "traditional" calling. I know a lot of times when I've used a cheap (I'm looking at you, Skype) VoIP solution, the latency and jitter can be irritating enough to make me want a regular phone line again. I'm sure eventually cellular networks will be data-only, but for now most people are going to want what they're used to, which is being able to place calls without using a 3rd party VoIP provider.


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  Reply # 1483947 2-Feb-2016 22:00
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richms:

How do these 700MHz towers help in emergency situations, since there is no voice on LTE yet?



Cause GSM / 3G is also on the towers that do carry voice calls

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