Clear Mobitel (NZ) Ltd aims to become New Zealand’s fourth mobile carrier. Harpal Mann, the founder and CEO of the UK-based parent Clear Mobitel Ltd told CommsDay the company plans to build an LTE network and intends to bid in the 700 MHz spectrum auction.
Mann said Clear Mobitel was a participant in the Rural Broadband Initiative a year ago working with its international telecoms partners. He said we: “withdrew our application in the last minute after it was clear to us that it was a foregone conclusion the award was going to Telecom NZ.”
FTTH NOT VIABLE: He said the company’s proposal was to include a 4G/LTE portion as “we do not believe fibre-to-the-Home is a viable solution given New Zealand alone cannot sustain the cost of FTTH equipment given the rest of the world is moving to 4G/LTE. In the United States of America, Verizon scrapped all Fibre plans three years ago and are today deploying 4G/LTE.”