Same Same... But Different!


, posted: 1-Jun-2008 23:35

Just browsing, as you do, the CDG website, interestingly Fiji of all places has a CDMA WLL network, but the CDG website seems so out of date it’s hard to guess which information is correct. On the operator page, it shows CDMA 1x and CDMA EVDO as the type of technology used. However under the worldwide index (Fiji) it shows 1x as commercial, but coverage pending and EVDO launch TBA. 

NOTE: This is a WLL (Wireless Local Loop) Network and not a Cellular Network.


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Telecom Wholesale and WorldXChange to work together.

, posted: 29-Nov-2007 12:37


New Zealanders moving into selected new subdivisions around the country
will be able to enjoy next generation telecommunications services,
following an announcement made at the Digital Strategy Summit launching a
joint project by Telecom Wholesale and WorldxChange Communications to
deliver phone and broadband services over fibre optic cables connected
directly to homes.

Starting with ten new subdivisions under development, Telecom is laying
down fibre cables instead of traditional copper.  Telecom Wholesale will
leverage the high performance capability of the new fibre network, and
provide the underlying connectivity to enable WorldxChange to deliver
their proven Xnet VFX digital voice over broadband service.

WorldxChange will deliver advanced phone and internet services via their
next generation IP product suite,  which will enable end-users to control
service features such as call forwarding, voicemail notification and
three-way calling by using a simple online portal to adjust settings to
suit their needs.

“We are delighted to work with WorldxChange to be the first to bring
faster, better telecommunications services to users in these new
communities,” said Telecom Wholesale CEO, Matt Crockett.  “We are
committed to providing open access to our networks, and with new homes
scheduled to be completed from February 2008, it is great to work with
WorldxChange to deliver a tried and tested VoIP service in time for the
first residents moving in.”

“This project provides us with an excellent opportunity to showcase true
next-generation telecommunications services running over Telecom’s NGN,”
said WorldxChange Director of Operations & Carrier, Paul Clarkin. “Over
the past five years, we have invested heavily in carrier-grade IP
technology and we view Telecom Wholesale’s decision to partner with us as
a significant milestone for customers and also an indication of how
services will be provided to access seekers under operational separation.”

As part of the Telecom Wholesale and WorldxChange project, residents of
new subdivisions in Wanaka, Queenstown, Papakura, Cromwell and Orewa, will
be the first to experience high-quality VoIP services delivered over
fibre.  The pilot project will run until September 2008 and will be
available to up to 1000 homes across those locations.

Early in the New Year, Telecom Wholesale will kick off industry and
customer consultation in order to define a fully equivalent broadband
fibre tail offering.   It aims to move quickly to develop and launch this
product and give customers the capability to deliver phone and internet
services over fibre connections as soon as possible.

Roaming; do we really have it that bad?

, posted: 7-Nov-2007 14:31

To answer that question, I thought I would investigate the roaming rates and charged for our Aussie neighbours with 4 of their major providers (5 networks). The reason for choosing to compare us with Australia is simple, Australia is New Zealand’s most popular international destination, and a far few Aussies cross the ditch each year to pay a visit to their kiwi cousins.

So, what does it cost for our Aussie friends to roam to New Zealand?

Australian Roaming Tabel (AUD):

 Telstra GSMTelstra CDMAOptusHutch 3Vodafone
Flag Fall$0.40$0.40$0.25$0.25$0.00
National Call$1.78$0.50$1.50$2.00$1.49
Back to Australia$3.62$0.50$3.30$3.80$3.02
Incoming Call$0.64$0.64$1.17$2.00$1.17



Optus (flag fall is not clear)

Hutch 3*




*Adjusted to 6o seconds


As you can clearly see Telstra CDMA customer receive the best rates to roam here, all be it they will be unable to from the 28th of January if Telstra goes ahead with their planed CDMA network shutdown.


What do the New Zealand networks charge?



{edit} New Zealand Roaming Table (NZD):

 TelecomVodafone (Travler)Vodafone Standard
National Call$0.85Home RateClick Here
Back to New Zealand$0.85Home RateClick Here
Incoming Call$1.00$1.00$1.00


So, do we really have it that bad (at the very least from 28th January 2008)?

Your call.




'Next G' iPhone?

, posted: 31-Oct-2007 21:11

If this report is to be believed, Telstra is in talks with Apple about an 850 Mhz WCDMA (Next G) device for the Australian market. It will be interesting if any other ‘3G’ bands, i.e. 2100 Mhz will also be added, which will likely be popular in Europe, Asia and down under. This is the second report I have seen today regarding this, and it would be a major coupe for Telstra in Australia.nzbnw

Australian CDMA shut down now rests with the Australian Attorney General

, posted: 18-Sep-2007 14:17

Australian Communications Minister, Helen Coonan has passed the job of deciding in accordance with a recently imposed draft licence decision on when Telstra can close its Australian CDMA network mobile network to Australian Attorney General Philip Ruddock

Attorney General Philip Ruddock has accepted the licence, meaning Telstra now needs permission from the Federal Government to shut down the CDMA network.

Telstra has maintained for some time that CDMA network would be shut down on the 28th of January 2008.


Source: ZDNET Australia

Vodafone Australia Systems Upgrade

, posted: 18-Sep-2007 14:04

It seems that Vodafone Australia is about to finish a similar billing and systems upgrade that the New Zealand counterpart of the global mobile giant just recently completed, and not without problems.


Will Vodafone Australia fear any better?



Source: ZDNET Australia

Jamming Cell Phones in New Zealand Prisons

, posted: 22-Aug-2007 13:06

This will be interesting to see how they confine the jamming technology only to the Prison grounds, so they don’t affect business customers outside Prisons such as Mt Eden's, Grey Bar Hotel.

The Minister of Corrections, Vodafone and Telecom today jointly announced the successful conclusion of a trial of technical solutions to combat the unauthorised use of cellphones in prisons, and the signing of an agreement for action in this area.

“We recognise the high level of concern about contraband items being used in prisons. This includes the unauthorised use of cellphones. We have therefore worked jointly with Corrections over the past 12 months to assess a range of technical solutions. While there is no perfect solution and while each prison site has its own unique characteristics we have now identified a package of technical solutions which the Department of Corrections believes could be deployed with effectiveness in some of its facilities, ” said Telecom Group Technology Officer Greg Patchell and Vodafone Corporate Affairs General Manager Tom Chignell.

Vodafone, Telecom and Corrections today signed a Memorandum of Understanding, setting out the terms of an agreement to implement the most effective technical solutions to combat the use of cellphones in prisons.

“With the technical trials completed, and the MoU Agreement in place, work can now begin to apply the most effective technologies to combat unauthorised cellphone use in each prison site in New Zealand "

Vodafone and Telecom also announced that they will jointly propose a new industry Code of Practice, for adoption by future cellphone phone network operators in addressing the challenge of unauthorised cellphone use in prisons. This proposal would involve consultation with all interested parties via a project proposal to be presented to the Telecommunications Carriers Forum (TCF).

The MoU approach provides both the Government and the industry with some flexibility to help future-proof arrangements given the rapid development of new technologies in this area.


For further information:

Mark Watts
Head of External Media
Mobile: 027 250 4018

Paul Brislen
Vodafone NZ
Mobile: 021 721 337


TelstraClear to sell Telecom Mobile Services

, posted: 13-Aug-2007 15:57

Well it’s finally been confirmed, Telstra is to continue offering mobile services from later this year through a wholesaling agreement signed today with Telecom New Zealand through Telecom’s nationwide CDMA/EVDO mobile network.  The Deal will give Telstra more freedom in the mobile market to differentiate its mobile plans, rather than reselling Telecom’s mobile plans, something Telstra has been unable to-do under its expired agency agreement with Vodafone New Zealand.

This should be viewed as a great win for Telecom New Zealand, with TelstraClears Government and Corporate customer base looking to leverage their communications needs with one supplier. Currently Vodafone is said to be in the process of migrating Telstra 029 Customers, acquired under TelstraClears agency agreement with Vodafone, to its billing system.  The agreement will likely see TelstraClear Wholesale access to Telecom New Zealand pending GSM 850 MHz / WCDMA 2100 MHz nationwide mobile network due to launched in New Zealand towards the end of 2008.

Telecom may also look to gain a goodwill gesture, from TelstraClears parent company to slow the closure of Telstra Australian CDMA mobile network, to reduce the impact of Telecom New Zealand’s ability to roam seamlessly across the Tasman for the majority of Telecom Mobile’s customer base. At present this will only be possible past the 28th of January 2008 (according to Telstra Australia’s CDMA shutdown schedule) with a Telecom Worldmode handset. Currently the Samsung W531 is Telecom’s only Worldmode handset. This would leave Telecom with approximately 10-11months without a roaming proposition to Telecom’s most important Roaming marketplace.




Telecom and TelstraClear today announced the signing of a commercial
agreement that will allow TelstraClear to provide a new nationwide mobile

The agreement will see TelstraClear launch its own TelstraClear mobile
service later this year, providing a unique range of mobile services,
bundles and prices via the Telecom network.

The agreement was signed this morning by Telecom acting CEO Simon Moutter
and TelstraClear Chief Executive Dr Allan Freeth.

Dr Freeth says the agreement is great for customers, enabling choice
without the need to build a new mobile network.

“Our customers can look forward to a unique TelstraClear service, with new
TelstraClear branded handsets, bundles and pricing plans that are
different to those offered by other players today,” says Dr Freeth.

“The fact that Telecom and TelstraClear can come to a commercial agreement
like this is something that will really benefit customers, and quickly.”

Telecom acting CEO Simon Moutter says the agreement is also a positive
move for the wider telecommunications industry.

“This is an example of individual providers working together effectively
to ensure best outcomes for customers,” says Mr Moutter.

TelstraClear will launch its new mobile service later this year, with
details provided closer to the time.

The service will mean customers can enjoy the benefits of a single bill
from one provider delivering all their voice, data and mobile services.

EDIT: The deal reached between TelstraClear and Telecom New Zealand only includes acess to Telecom's CDMA Mobile network.


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