I'm near Thames and want to test RBI reception quality at my house, and although the new cell tower at Te Puru (10km north of Thames) is only 3 km away, is not quite line-of-sight. I'm told the tower was installed by Vodafone engineers and my mobile carrier is 2Deg/Warehouse, so it should be a no-brainer to test signal with my mobile phone running an app like Network Cell Info, and a yagi aerial, yes?
But the Te Puru tower shows up on cell-tower map sites like gis.geek.nz as being a Spark tower:
Spark TE PURU RBI CELLSITE
RSM Location height: 168M
Transmitter 1: 700MHz
Registered: Thu, Dec 3, 2015 11:00 AM
Commenced: Thu, Dec 3, 2015
Expires: Wed, Mar 11, 2020
RSM License: 251860
Transmitter 2: 850MHz
Registered: Fri, Nov 27, 2015 3:40 PM
Commenced: Fri, Aug 18, 2017
Expires: Fri, Nov 28, 2031
RSM License: 251751
And aren't these Spark frequencies, the same as Orere Pt 25Km away across the Firth? Vodafone is anxious to sell me their RBI, but insist only the Orere Pt tower is suitable. Spark say they have no RBI service to sell me. WirelessNation say the Te Puru tower will "probably" give better service.
What gives, and how come? Is it simple to check signal strength and quality of both towers, and do I need a Spark SIM? Can anybody comment on this?