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  Reply # 1913679 6-Dec-2017 07:57
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coffeebaron: Ok so I can't ask when VoLTE is likey coming; but I'm sure I'm allowed to ask when the first RBI2 towers are suppose to start building?

 

 

 

You can ask either. :-)

 

In the first case I can't answer because it's not public information and it's not something you could reasonably figure out just from knowing how things work. So, all I can say is that yes, VoLTE is coming because of course it is. I can also tell you it's coming to Spark and Vodafone at some point.

 

In the second case, I don't actually know. I wouldn't expect it to be soon, though, because the process of building a site has a long lead time - you've got to scope your potential sites including on-site surveys and then get all the leases worked out before you can even get to the consent stage. But that's for a regular site. In this case, the RBI2 project is a joint venture between all three networks so we all have to have RAN software upgrades to support the standard that allows a site to be shared. The shared sites aren't just three sets of equipment on the same pole - it is actually a single set of equipment broadcasting three networks simultaneously.

 

It's possible a few might get to construction stage by late next year I guess.





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  Reply # 1913726 6-Dec-2017 09:51
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SaltyNZ:

 

It's possible a few might get to construction stage by late next year I guess.

 

 

Wasn't the intent to have RBI2/UFB2+ etc. all done by end of 2022? So will be a busy three years assuming these don't really get in to full swing until say 2019. Obviously some sites will be harder to get underway than others, but I would have though that in putting their proposal together they would have at least got some sites on their fast track so they could get the project underway sooner rather than later.

 

Also what happened to all the extra site builds that were suppose to be happening as part of buying the 700 spectrum?

 

 





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  Reply # 1913781 6-Dec-2017 10:48
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coffeebaron:

 

SaltyNZ:

 

It's possible a few might get to construction stage by late next year I guess.

 

 

Wasn't the intent to have RBI2/UFB2+ etc. all done by end of 2022? So will be a busy three years assuming these don't really get in to full swing until say 2019. Obviously some sites will be harder to get underway than others, but I would have though that in putting their proposal together they would have at least got some sites on their fast track so they could get the project underway sooner rather than later.

 

Also what happened to all the extra site builds that were suppose to be happening as part of buying the 700 spectrum?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the actual build of a site commences it's usually pretty quick. So although it might not seem like anything is happening on the RBI2 front for quite some time, once they start popping up, they'll get a lot of them done in a relatively short space. Some will be quicker than others - I imagine the ones that are only accessible by helicopter for heavy lifting take a bit longer.

 

In any case, yes,  this is definitely the way to have it done quicker: the RAN upgrades can be done in parallel with the planning so that doesn't really slow it down, and with only one lot of planning and one lot of equipment, the cost is vastly lowered and the service improved because nobody has to settle for a sub-par location or pole height due to someone else having already locked up the best ones. 

 

Also, this is not really related to the 700 spectrum site builds. All three carriers are already doing that irrespective of RBI2. The RBI2 sites will be 700, though.

 

 

 

 





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At home (near Muriwai) my reception is terrible/non existent unless I stand my phone up in one window. Wifi calling has really helped out with this issue although the call quality isn't necessarily great with digital distortions and drop-outs.

 

 

 

My issue is related to wifi calling taking precedence over regular calling when I have ample reception as per the photo.

 

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Yes, the carrier bundles are configured such that the handset will prefer VoWifi over cellular when available. If you want to use cellular to make a call instead of Wifi, you will need to temporarily disable VoWifi and then turn it back on again afterwards.





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