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Topic # 195239 11-Apr-2016 23:37
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Hi, this is a curious question and not a grumble or gripe.


I was in Tutukaka (30 minutes north of Whangerie) on the weekend and there was strong 2Degrees native 3G there, but no native 2G.


This did not seem to be VF 3G, as my phone showed that separately when doing a network search, along with VF 2G.


I note that on the cell tower map, elsewhere on the Geekzone forums there is no marked 2Degrees cell site, so what I received was possibly a brand new site.


The 2Degrees website coverage shows strong 2 and 3G, but it doesn't really reveal weather that is native 2Degrees or Roaming VF coverage.


My question is, is the lack of 2G simply because they haven't switched it on yet, or are 2Degrees changing tact and forgoing 2G on new builds in the same way Spark does?

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  Reply # 1530390 12-Apr-2016 07:13
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Spark don't (and never have had) a 2G GSM network.


Over the years Vodafone deployed a huge number of sites that were 3G only with no GSM, but with their move to a single RAN network lots of these sites subsequently got GSM coverage.



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  Reply # 1530441 12-Apr-2016 08:58
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Looks like its VF roaming coverage out that way. Nearest 2D sites are in Whangarei and there is only VF 900 MHz out at the coast. 

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