Same Same... But Different!

New Zealand Herald and Telstra CDMA

, posted: 24-Oct-2007 12:56

The New Zealand Herald claim that Telstra in Australia are about to completely switch to GSM, which is of course incorrect. Telstra are about to switch to WCDMA/UMTS (Next G), which in its self is a minor inaccuracy, as the general public will most likely still refer to such technology as GSM, despite older handsets being unoperatable with Telstra’s new mobile network.

But the bit that bugged me, is with the New Zealand Herald saying Telecom’s Samsung W531 Worldmode handset will operate on both CDMA (which it does) and Telstra’s new Next G (WCDMA) network (which it most certainly does not). The Samsung W531 operates on older GSM networks, which in Australia do not offer the same vastness of coverage that CDMA and Next G currently do.

Come on New Zealand Herald, get your facts straight, and stop misleading the New Zealand public, just for once!

Also as an interesting side note, no one seems to be picking up on the fact that the Australian Federal Government will not allow Telstra to close their CDMA network, until it is satisfied that Next G provides equal or better coverage than CDMA. Currently audits are underway to determine if this is the case, and they are expected to take 3 months to complete, a tight time frame with 100 days until Telstra plan to switch of CDMA.


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

Air New Zealand - Political Pawn?

, posted: 5-Sep-2007 21:13

In following up on a recent post, by Jama about Air New Zealand, it seems this issue refuse's to die, and why should it?

Helen Clark and her Labour led Government have turned the National Carrier into nothing more than political pawn. At the end of the day, Helen Clark and the Labour Government ministers need to get their heads around the fact that Air New Zealand is not an SOE (State Owned Enterprise), even through the majority shareholder is the New Zealand tax payer. As a direct result of being a private company, I personally feel it is inappropriate for any New Zealand Government official to comment on the private affairs of Air New Zealand, and its business decisions, within the bounds of New Zealand law.

It is extremely unfortunate that Air New Zealand has become a victim of this political interference, with Australia’s Foreign Minister stating that Air New Zealand will no longer be used by the Australian Armed Forces. This is a great loss, in respect to revenue and excess capacity within the Air New Zealand fleet that could have been used. After all, any airline is only making money while their planes are in the air, no on the ground.

Miss Clarks use (although denied) of confidential information provide by Air New Zealand to New Zealand Foreign Affairs to score a cheap political shot on Mr Downer is beyond belief and totally unacceptable.

It is just shows how this Labour Government is out of touch with ordinary New Zealand. Most New Zealanders according to major New Zealand News sites support Air New Zealand’s charter flights for the Australian Defence Force, and its freedom to do so as a legal entity.


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.


New Sony Vaio Laptop

, posted: 8-Aug-2007 21:43

Well after waiting a few weeks my new Sony Vaio laptop has finally arrived, and I have decided that the wait has been worth it!

Quick rundown on the specs:

·         Windows Vista Business

·         2GB Ram

·         2.16 Centrino Core Duo

·         The all important finger print reader =)

·         Inbuilt camera

I have also added Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007.

So far I am impressed with the windows Vista OS, but still getting use to it compared to XP Pro. I still have yet to find an easy way to migrate all my files from my PC, as I intended to use my laptop for day to day use.


If there is anything I should know, or any specific software available for Vista and I should know about please let me know!


nzbnw's Geekone Blog Intro

, posted: 8-Aug-2007 21:35

Well as many of you may know I have been around Geekzone forums for quite some time, and now I think is a great opportunity to create my very own Geekzone blog.Just a quick background about myself, I currently work for a large New Zealand communications company, and as a direct result have a keen interest in the Telecommunications industry. I also am quiet into computers, although Telecommunications has become my passion over the last 3 or so years within my current role with my employer.Along with working within the Telecommunications industry I am also studying, and when I finish my paper I will look to further my career within my organisation of employment.

Those of you who have been around a while will know who I work for, and if you ever want some advice or any help in that respect, please by all means get in contact with me!


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