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Topic # 7460 16-Apr-2006 22:35
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Does anyone know whats happening with them?

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  Reply # 33136 16-Apr-2006 23:04
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Haven't heard anything since their last press release, stating that they were going to build a WCDMA network to cover the minimum 10% of population and then rely on regulated roaming for the rest of the country.

Since then... nothing. Vaporware if you ask me.




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  Reply # 33161 17-Apr-2006 10:58
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Yeah, Econet talks a lot but nothing's happened since they established themselves in NZ five years ago. Have a google to see what they've been up to in Africa though. Most interesting.




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  Reply # 33186 17-Apr-2006 15:06
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juha: Yeah, Econet talks a lot but nothing's happened since they established themselves in NZ five years ago. Have a google to see what they've been up to in Africa though. Most interesting.


You mean their accomplishments in terms of delivering a reliable phone service to 3rd world countries or their dodgy dealings in Zimbabwe? :-)  I've always wondered what they actually saw in NZ when the whole African market is so huge and so underdeveloped - maybe it was just the upfront money they could get from us knowing that it would take years until anybody wanted it back!

Looking at the MED register now they did register 20 or so 40GHz microwave links in February so they are up to something.

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  Reply # 33187 17-Apr-2006 15:18
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sbiddle: You mean their accomplishments in terms of delivering a reliable phone service to 3rd world countries or their dodgy dealings in Zimbabwe? :-) I've always wondered what they actually saw in NZ when the whole African market is so huge and so underdeveloped - maybe it was just the upfront money they could get from us knowing that it would take years until anybody wanted it back!


See Paul Brislen's Computerworld stories here and here.

Looking at the MED register now they did register 20 or so 40GHz microwave links in February so they are up to something.


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  Reply # 33221 17-Apr-2006 20:57
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Jaffa: They are susposably reached completion of 10 cell towers and are in the process of putting in some kind of switching center, cant remember excatally. Was chatting to the managing director off econet a few weeks ago but he wouldnt confirm this for me :(


This fits into place with the above mentioned licences.

From the MED Prism database the locations are

Symonds/Alten

Symonds/Wakefield

Princes St

Federal/Kingston

Customs/Gore

Customs/Albert

Hopetoun/Pitt

42 Wellesley St

AMP

Parnell

Would make a nice small trial network. Maybe somebody on here from Auckland who knows what a UMTS panel looks like can let us know if they actually have any sites in place yet!


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  Reply # 33236 17-Apr-2006 22:54
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The plot thickens then.

Maybe somebody on here from Auckland who knows what a UMTS panel looks like can let us know if they actually have any sites in place yet!


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