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  #831236 5-Jun-2013 20:02
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eXDee: ^Probably because they don't have 900mhz 3G in that location, and the 2100mhz 3G is too weak so you're falling back to 900mhz 2G.
This is what happens in the majority of cities on 2degrees in marginal coverage areas except those later in the rollout, eg i think Dunedin onwards included 900 3G. There's probably a few sites nationwide though that have been upgraded, i'm sure the reps here can clarify. Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch were done early on in the rollout.

The same goes for Vodafone, except where they have done upgrades such as auckland, working on wellington atm and i believe christchurch too?

Telecom simply has 850mhz 3G everywhere and 2100 3G in some locations.

If you didn't know, low frequencies travel further. Please note this assumes you're using a phone that is fully compatible with 2degrees network - for example not some sub $500 telecom device that wouldn't support the 900mhz frequency anyway, only telecom's 850mhz.

Thats my point i guess,  why arent the weak spots triangulated and tested.
1 bar signal just because it happens to be in a no mans land between three towers on the map yet still in the City burbs is pretty poor for 2013.


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  #831270 5-Jun-2013 20:43
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All networks have weak spots. Cell networks are complex and will never be perfect. It's a matter of interference, terrain, cost, licensed sites, physics, etc.
If it is because there is no low frequency 3G in your area, the upgrade will come sometime in the future.

But even so, it's not going to be perfect. My house and even a major hamilton mall get a mix of excellent and zero telecom signal. Obstacles simply getting in the way where it should be prime coverage, and the only thing that can be done about it is a new site in a new location.

You just deal with it or switch provider. You have a choice. You also have a support team, call them up, and if its anything like telecom tells me, they put a pin on the map and consider the area for future long term upgrades. The more pins, the more attention its going to get.

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