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Topic # 27580 31-Oct-2008 08:02
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A little birdy tells me that NZ Comms are deploying both 900 GSM and 2100 3G networks - they aren't just driving around in the GSM Lada that we have all been joking about. In areas where they are live it's certainly only the 900 GSM network that is visible with a network scan.

Their BTS cabinets are big enough for gear for both networks and their panels (they are only using one standard model) are apparently dual band and interesingly looking at one of their new Wgtn sites this morning (that only went up a week or two ago) it's possible to see 4 cables from the bottom which potentially indicates dual 900 and 2100 TX/RX.

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  Reply # 174813 31-Oct-2008 10:04
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It has always been my understanding that they were going the 2g/3g road. The fact that they may be starting in 2g really isn’t much of a bother to me personally. When all we really want is cheap calling + texts, Data is just a bonus. When they have a roaming deal with Vodafone, why would they need to fork out more to install a 3g service?

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  Reply # 174826 31-Oct-2008 10:59
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I dont think the network is only 2G check out the size of the cabinets they are a monster. I bet they are 2G bts and 3G wbts in one.

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  Reply # 174839 31-Oct-2008 11:50
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... Though I have noticed their backbone will largely be comprised of Microwave links, this may not be too good for a quality 3g service....


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  Reply # 174899 31-Oct-2008 15:54
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NZ Comms would not be using fibre just to link a narrow band GSM network between cellsites.

The company recently entered into a 15-year contract to supply fibre network capability to NZ Communications, to support the new mobile network entrant, which will be launched in Christchurch early next year.

Christchurch City Networks projects positive result for 2009 City Council-owned entity reports $300,000 loss; signs 15-year deal with NZ Communications By Computerworld staff, Auckland | Wednesday, 29 October, 2008
Christchurch City Networks (CCNL) reported a net-loss of just over $300,000 at its AGM yesterday, a result it says is ahead of forecast and indicates a positive earnings result is possible in 2009.

“The CCNL fibre network now has very good coverage of the CBD and other business areas across Christchurch,” says company CEO Steve Fuller.

“The availability of unlimited bandwidth also solves many of the technology constraints that the health sector has had to work around in the past, and this has seen considerable take up by health providers in the city."

One example, he says, is the Christchurch Radiology Group using the network to deliver high quality, real-time medical imaging around the city.

CCNL says the list of technology service providers using its network is growing rapidly due to it being an open access network. Any company can purchase or include the CCNL network as part of its services.

The company recently entered into a 15-year contract to supply fibre network capability to NZ Communications, to support the new mobile network entrant, which will be launched in Christchurch early next year.

Local service provider SNAP is making use of the CCNL fibre to deliver a range of services including internet, storage and national bandwidth to its corporate and business customers, CCNL says.

CCNL has also just signed a multi-million dollar agreement with Transpower to deliver a communications and control network for that company's electricity assets and operations in Christchurch.

CCNL  is a wholly owned subsidiary of Christchurch City Holdings (CCHL) which is the investment arm of Christchurch City Council. The formation of CCNL was lead by the council and Canterbury Development Corp and was partially funded by the Ministry of Economic Development.

CCNL's $10.6 million dark fibre network, announced in December 2006, is planned to cover around 100km by the end of 2008. The Ministry of Economic Development contributed $3.75 million plus GST to the investment as part of the government's Broadband Challenge programme. Copyright © Fairfax Business Media A Division of John Fairfax Publications Pty Limited, 2006 Privacy Policy


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  Reply # 175023 1-Nov-2008 09:04
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This ia a photo of the NZ Comms equipment cabinets at Trentham. As previous posters have said looks like they also use 3G equipment.

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